Choice shaddowNarrative:

There wasn’t a wisp of air this morning, so calm and silent, the only sound was an occasional bird call and a melody by a robin, sung as if giving praise to God.

I chose to go on a walk this morning, the sun was slowly beginning to rise. It was a cool morning a little mist lingered in the air. I zipped up my jacket and picked up my pace. I was heading to the river, by the time I reached the river the sun is beating on my back, it was a warm comforting feeling, my shoulder muscles welcomed the heat.

My shoes where damp because of the wet grass from the morning dew, causing a squelching with each step. Leaving the grass, the pebbles crunch under my feet as I approach the river, various sizes and color of stones crunch under each step.

I see a large bolder, and make my way toward it to sit, and gaze at the calm river, so beautiful as it reflects the surrounding trees and the colors of the morning sunrise, mauves, orange, and fire red, in the natures mirror. I take in the beauty, and after some time remember as a child throwing rocks in the river. I pick up a handful of rocks and out of the various colors, of pink, brown, cream, I choose a slate gray rock and toss it into the river. The pebble enters the water and a ripple effect gently waivers across the water.

The power of choice!

You choose to read this Blog or not, it is your choice.
Choices shape who we are and who we will become, we are in a process of becoming, and entering or alining ourselves with the purpose of God, and having our longings fulfilled.

I like what Ruth Haley Barton has to say on the subject, here is an extract from her book.”When faced with life choices, we become aware of another facet of the soul’s deep longing. We want to know that we are making our choices in God, that we are living our life according to the purpose for which God brought us to this particular time and place. We long to see our life as part of a larger whole, contributing to some great purpose.” pg. 115.

People have the capacity for great good or great evil, but it begins with a choice.

What is God doing in this present moment?

This is determined by what you choose to do, draw near to God, or dismiss God, do great good, or great evil. We have to be fully present in our choices!

Look for that area of passion, interest, and choose to do good, being a co-creator with a good God. What gives you personally life, liberation, joy, freedom, a bounce in your step, excitement and a peace that surprises you, a peace that surpasses all understanding?

What gets you excited, fills you with exhilaration for life, what makes you feel like you are alive?

Choose to pursue your dream!

You know, deep down in your soul, what this is!

The power of choices, the choices you make determine your future!

Choose this day whom you will serve! Yourself or God?

This will determine your eternal future. ONE choice can change your future forever!

Not just your eternal future, which is important, but also your earthly future. The choices we make determine our destiny and our destination in life. We have to making discerning choices, that enable our lives to be lived to the full.

The choices you / we make, effect everyone around us, because of the ripple effect it will have, if we realize this or not.

What is God doing in this present moment? The choices you make will determine your present and future, your choice right now this day, this very moment, choose life, abundance of life, this is what God wants all of us to embrace and receive. Will we make that CHOICE?

Joshua 24:15New International Version (NIV) 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Colossians 3:23-24New International Version (NIV) 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

John 10:10 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The inspiration or thinking came after reading Ruth Haley Barton’s book Sacred Rhythms. A wonderful book, every word is like a deep drink that refreshes the soul.

sacred rhythms  Link to purchase attached, click on book.

 “God’s will for us is generally for us to pursue that which gives us life (John 10:10) and to turn away from things that drain life from us and leave us debilitated. Many of our small decisions and most of our significant decisions – even those that require us to choose between two equally good options – involve the ability to notice that which brings a sense of life and freedom (1Corinthians 3:17) to our most authentic self in God.” pg. 113.



  1. You write very well and with great clarity and I love your description of skimming stones in the water. I couldn’t agree more…the choices we make should never be made lightly and at the end of the day, we hope that they are made with the grace of God otherwise we end up down a dark dead end place again…having made an unwise choice which will cause us suffering and have a ripple effect, as you say, on those around us. Lovely, poetic description of nature. Thank you!


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