A Series of Choices

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

What do you love most

Key Bible Verse: But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. (Jeremiah 17:10)

Dig Deeper: Jeremiah 17:5-10

When most people think of the great King David, usually two names come to mind:

Goliath. And Bathsheba.

One story is about a moment of victory. The other, a moment of defeat. In one we see faith and courage. The other, fear and cowardice.

Yet, what should be clear in our minds is that neither of these are isolated incidents, but a culmination of choices. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The way we behave in a moment of challenge is never just about one isolated choice but a culmination of choices throughout daily life. The man or woman who has an affair, for example, relaxed the commitment to their spouse a long time before, subtly yet effectively weakening the relationship before the fatal blow.

However, the reverse is also true. A man or woman who seeks daily to love their spouse, honour them and serve them even in the mundane routines of life, is quietly but powerfully cementing their commitment. They experience incredible victories in life and marriage, even though they face hardships on the way.

– Tim Chaddick in The Truth About Lies

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