We make a plethora of choices every day. Most are trivial…what to wear, what to eat and how do I want my coffee. After ordering your grande macheatto soy latte with a touch of cinnamon but no whip, you face another day.
But, these trivial selections do not define us. They’re minor details of our personal journeys. It’s the decision to live for the Lord that sets us apart from the rest of the world.
In scripture, Naomi, a widow, lost her two sons, leaving her bitter in spirit. She gave her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, a chance to return to their own people. Orpah took the easy road and returned to her family, to what was familiar.
But, Ruth chose to follow Naomi to her people, and to serve her God. She said…
“Urge me not to leave you…for where you go, I will go…your people shall be my people and your God, my God.” ~ Ruth 1:16 (Amplified Old Testament)
It was a hard road to a place she didn’t know, to a people who didn’t like her tribe, to serve their One True God. She made her choice and dedicated herself to serving her mother-in-law by working in the fields.
You know the story…the Lord blessed her. She married Boaz, the wealthy land owner and was highly respected. Scriptures reveal how her decision affected the destiny of her offspring. She was the grandmother of King David, who killed Goliath when he was but a young man.
History books report Orpah’s story. She remarried, had children and grandchildren. In fact, her grandson was Goliath who was slain by David.
The choices we make influence generations. We cannot take our Christianity lightly. It must be our focus and the passion that drives us to make a difference in the lives of others.
As this world spirals into darkness, it’s time to shine our light, time to take a strong stand. It starts with a decision.