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~In Other Words~

"Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before... either into a creature that is in harmony with God, ...or into one that is in a state of war with God. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other."
~ C.S. Lewis ~Mere Christianity

Hmm, now this is something to think about. How many times a day does one make a choice. I know that I make several but never consider whether it would be in harmony with God or not in most cases. There are choices we make subconsciously and their are choices we make with our mind fully engaged. But can we truly say we make choices based on whether it would be in line with God or not. The answer isn't pretty but can be changed.

We all can change and move toward having our choices line up with God. But first we must be willing to do so. Most people will agree that we do things out of habit and don't really consider whether it would be something that would create harmony with God. Some people even say that is for pastors, missionaries and those who are called to the ministry. But it is for every believer who has been called to follow Christ. We are to work on becoming more like Christ in each and every situation. We are definitely a work in progress.

So how does one make choices that are in harmony with God? We must first be willing to change our thinking, be willing to surrender to the Lord in every area and then renew our mind. Yes, you will have to get out the old habits and put in new ones. You and I must spend time with the Lord, in His word and with those who are like-minded. I am working to return to this practice, I've fallen off the wagon. I am not perfect and I am grateful that I'm not expected to be so but I am pressing toward the mark like Paul encourages while forgetting those things that are behind so that I will have a closer, deeper and loving walk with the Lord. Yes, in harmony too. I have experienced the state of war that comes from going against the Lord's way and I don't like it. I know that I can change but sometimes I fall back on habit and do what is easy. Here in lies where I get in trouble and have wars to battle that could have been avoided. Praise God there is 1 John 1:9 for these times. I'm definitely a work in progress.

As I think on this quote more, I realize that as I make my choices in harmony with the Lord, I set the example for my dc to do the same. I realize that as I work to become more like Christ, they will too and we will all grow up into the full measure of Christ together. Wow, thats awesome. I am very thankful for a loving, forgiving and patient Lord. So, today I challenge us to memorize and act on Romans 12:1 & 2, so that making choices in harmony become a habit for us all.

Lord, thank you for your grace, your peace and patience. You are an awesome God and I am so thankful to know and be known by You. I seek to become more like you and to make choices that will bring glory and honor to You always. Amen!

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Enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing.

Romans 12:1-2 have been "life verses" for me the past 10 years or so. Amen! I loved reading your post today, and agree that our godly choices begin to model that process for our children and give them an "edge" for knowing how to choose wisely themselves.

Taking off the old and putting on the new is a daily challenge for us. It is definitely for all believers! Thanks for participating this week!

What a wonderful reflection on this week's IOW quote :) - I have falling off the wagon myself. Now I hold on for dear life not to fall off again...

I hope you will join us next week as well. Yours truly is hosting. I have chosen a quote about the cross, since Easter is just around the corner...

Blessings to your Thursday evening and always.

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