Choice Key

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #WallflowerWomen  #TimetobeYOU!

There may be fewer discouraging sayings than The more things change, the more they stay the same. The words were penned a year after the French Revolution by a French satirist. Karr summarized his point that  the cultural status quo remained firmly entrenched in spite of the huge political upheaval aimed to produce a free and just society. His cynicism is far from comforting, and kept me deflated and discouraged for a few hours.

A fresh round of ticklish situations put me out of commission as I maneuver this transformation journey. Thoughts that “I’ll never get this right” dragged me to bed with a good book. At least my choice to pursue distraction was conscious, a major distinction from an old pattern. Thankfully, God didn’t leave me to my own devices.

Holy Spirit used contact from a friend to get me up and back on track. Share on X

Let’s be real. An overview of Scripture provides the commentary on Mankind’s steady indulgence of sinful desires that lead to utter despair and outcries for rescue. God’s response of merciful intervention and restoration are followed with our subsequent return to depravity. The dynamic is repeated in both personal and national scenarios.

The academic world proclaimed the view that history is cyclical in the 1800s, a false and demoralizing trap to those who accept it. Share on X

A closer reading of God’s Word contradicts this perspective with Truth. There is a clear beginning and will be a specific end to the world as we know it. Esther, Naomi, Abigail, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Samaritan woman, Eunice the mother of Timothy, and others impacted individual lives and influenced biblical history in that linear progression. May my testimony contribute likewise.

Transformation by the Gospel of Christ is a journey, not a once-and-done interaction. In the past, I would likely have ignored the text that appeared in the midst of my pity party. Resting in waves of misery was the result of learned helplessness, childhood lessons I adopted early on. My attempts to break free were unsuccessful . . . until my mind, body, spirit succumbed to the Truth.

Upsets, challenges, disasters, trauma, confusion, fear, anxiety, hopelessness are all distractions that veil God’s design and purpose. Along with my biblical sisters in the faith, the difference between defeat and victory is as simple as a choice. Are these situations trials or opportunities? I get to choose. Is the weight heavy enough to hold me down or do I get up? I get to choose.

Will the world win my attention or do I worship? I get to choose. And so do you. Share on X

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2*

Is the picture really that simple? You get to choose.
Give Jesus and the Truth a 30-day workout and see.

The Almighty reigns,

   Sandra

*references are NASB, unless otherwise noted

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  1. I’m often reminded how the choices we make today affect not only us, but also future generations. And many of these are made in “secret” — those quiet, steadfast faith-filled choices that they may never be aware of this side of heaven. This would feel daunting if not for James 1:5 where we’re told to ask for wisdom and God will give it to us generously. Oh, what a beautiful word! There’s nothing stingy about our heavenly Father.

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