“It was all a matter of control. And choice. Nothing more, nothing less” – Paulo Coelho
In life, there are many situations thrown our way, some are small, some are huge. We must make daily choices and decide which battles are worth fighting for.
To say that I have occasionally messed up or made poor choices is an understatement. As I think about all the mistakes or bonehead moves I have made, I am humbled and constantly reminded that I am not perfect.
We sin. We mess up. We fall. How do we react?
Every day when Jesus chooses us, He foresees our future failures, as I’m sure He foresaw Peter’s epic fail of denying Him. We may not want to believe that we could too, deny Jesus by engaging in a sin that contradicts everything we believe, but Jesus knows what is in us and the cool thing is – He still has our back. So, He exhorts us along with Peter to “watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Peter’s failures did not define him, and ours will not define us. They are horrible, sometimes stupid, yet humbling experiences on the path of following Jesus, who paid for them on the cross. We must continually remind ourselves that God is infinitely bigger than the little gods of this world that try to steal our attention. The problems and evil in this world seem so huge, we must remember that our God along with His love, is so much larger.
We as humans possess the power of choice. You can choose to cling onto your time, talent, and treasure or you can take advantage of this power of choice so you can do beautiful things.
You may not be able to control what happens in your life or what situations you get in to, but one thing you can control is how you deal and respond to the outcome. You can choose to have the greatest life in which you continue to become who He intended you to be…
Or not, the choice is yours…
Fabiola Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love