“Choose you this day whom you will serve…”
It’s the first thought that runs through my head. And the obvious choice. Yes, I choose Jesus. I want to serve the Father.
I want to follow hard after Him.
But some days, the choosing is a struggle, isn’t it?
The choosing is easy enough when the sun shines and the warm breeze blows and the blessings flow and joy abounds.
But what about those days when the fiery darts strike in quick succession? And just as you rise, the wind gets knocked out of you once more? Those days the choosing feels near impossible.
And that’s exactly what our Enemy wants, my work-in-progress friends, for us to feel helpless!
We just want to cry, “mercy” and throw in the towel, admit defeat. We’re so overwhelmed by the struggle that we have little left to give.
Those lies about our failings will carry us right away if we let them, won’t they? Carry us right away into a sea of despair, a void of apathy, a pit of depression.
What if we choose the struggle instead, friends?
In those times when we can’t find it in ourselves to choose joy, when we can’t count our blessings for the crashing waves before us, when we feel incapable of making a choice at all, maybe it’s enough just to choose the struggle.
Even though we may not be winning, we choose fighting the good fight. We don’t give up, we don’t give in. Even though we fear defeat, even though we falter for a step or two, or even a mile or more, we choose to press on.
What if we throw off the chains of perfection and choose instead the road of imperfect progress?Maybe even some days that road looks less like progress and more like a struggle for simple survival.
Those are the days we count it a victory just to finish out with our faith still intact.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
So we fight by faith!
By faith, we wait on the Lord.
By faith, we cling to the promise of grace and we seek His face.
By faith, we choose the struggle, day after day after day.
And some days, that’s the best choice we can possibly make.
Let’s choose it together, friends.
It’s the choice that leads to victory!