The word “choice” has an interesting insight, which I haven’t found in Japan’s culture. When someone says, “ It is your choice,” it indicates our will, putting the responsibility of the action on us. It is not passive but active.
Free will is a gift from God. God wants us to be free to choose, and to be responsible for the actions we choose– I think.
Depending on which choice we choose, the consequence differs. God guides and leads us, but He never forces us to His way.
When I encounter troubles, I always have various choices for my response:
I can keep asking “Why” questions, which usually don’t lead to any solutions.
I can become nostalgic wishing to go back to the past, regretting what I didn’t do or I did.
I can give up saying, “ It’s too late” or “ It’s over.”
I can blame someone else and get angry.
I can pity myself and be envious or jealous of others who look happier than me.
I can pile up uncertain concerns of the future.
I can give up on God throwing away the faith.
Like King David, who wrote,
“O God my rock,” I cry, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?’
Their taunts break my bones.
They scoff, ‘Where is this God of yours?’
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 42:9-11)
and like Lauren, who keeps going, remembering her purpose of life in spite of terminal brain cancer, I can chose to be faithful to God trusting in Him.
It is my choice to give in to self-distractions or to follow Jesus.
No matter how the circumstance will change, there is still a way to have hope and strength by my choice.
The Bible, which tells me so, is leading me quietly like the light of a light house. I should never lose it!