Choices de­ter­mine our des­tinies

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

We are re­minded through­out God’s Word that He has given us the gift of choice and its con­se­quences. Nowhere are we told that we can­not choose our des­tinies. But we are told that our choices de­ter­mine our des­tinies.

Even a casual read­ing of the New Tes­ta­ment tells us that there were those who fol­lowed Jesus be­cause they wanted to get some­thing from Him for selfish rea­sons. We read that when thinks looked hor­ri­ble at his trail those who had been with Him for years fled for their lives. In His days of glam­our and glory they were close by His side. There were oth­ers who wanted to be with Him but they re­fused to make any sac­ri­fices and went their own way.

A grad­u­ate of a Mid­west­ern uni­ver­sity was just an av­er­age student. He played sports but never made any of the var­sity teams. He was never elected to any of­fice and did not make it far up the cor­po­rate lad­der. When war broke out he was among the first to vol­un­teer. Af­ter com­plet­ing ba­sic train­ing he was sent to a war zone in France.

One day in com­bat he was serv­ing along­side a sol­dier in the French army. His com­rade was se­verely wounded and with no thought of him­self, he made a de­ci­sion to get him help. Un­for­tu­nately, he did not suc­ceed and was killed on his way to find a medic. The French Govern­ment learned of his act of brav­ery and awarded him The Croix de Guerre-Cross of War. And his alma mater posted a plaque in his honor that read, “He played with the scrubs for years-but never quit.”

The psalmist said, “We will not turn away from You.”

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