Every day we make choices: when to get up, what to wear, what to eat, and how to approach the day. Many choices are major decisions about the path our lives will follow. Our environment, education, goals, family and friends, and heroes all influence our choices.
As a parent, I made many decisions for my children in their early years. As they grow older, I am allowing them to begin making more choices on their own. I pray daily that my children will allow Christ to lead their path, but ultimately, they have to make choices for themselves.
Jesus offered the disciples a choice that would direct the rest of their lives. Jesus called to Simon and Andrew: “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people” (Mark 1:17). Though it wasn’t always easy, the disciples committed to following Jesus.
God gives us free will to choose our direction in life. We can choose to pray daily, to read the Bible, to attend church, and allow God to direct our paths. When we learn to put our faith in God and to allow Him to guide our lives, we can have confidence in the choices we make.
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