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Tuesday Devotion: Choose

The Bible is a vast, complex book that has captivated humanity for millennia. Though lengthy and challenging, it contains profound wisdom that continues to inspire.

Within its ancient pages lie lyrical psalms, soaring prophecies, and dramatic stories that illuminate the human condition. Generations have pored over the genealogies and laws, seeking deeper meaning. Scholars have debated interpretations, grasping for truth.

At the heart is a message of hope and redemption. When asked which commandment was greatest, Jesus answered simply: to love God and neighbor. This timeless teaching compels us still.

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 

Though the language is archaic and the stories are strange, the Bible's themes resonate through the ages. Its words can stir the soul and point us to what matters most - if we approach with open mind and heart.

Let's be real - the simplest answers are often the hardest ones to put into practice. But that doesn't mean we should avoid them. In fact, by grappling with life's basic questions, we open the door to truth and growth.

What lights your inner fire? What thoughts linger in your mind as you drift off to sleep? What worries creep in, clouding your days with unease? What hopes and dreams fuel your heart?

These fundamental inquiries shape our days. By courageously examining our priorities, passions and fears, we take the first step toward lives of meaning, purpose and joy. The simple answers invite reflection; though difficult, this path leads us to our best selves. What we find may surprise us. But isn't that type of discovery worth the effort?

Is it popularity? Money? Power? Influence? Gossip? Jealousy? Anger? Prejudice? Worry? _____? You fill in the blank.

The greatest commandment touches on what we hold most dear. For each of us, that "thing" is unique, chosen by our own hearts. If something else sits on the throne meant for God, the invitation stands to rearrange our priorities. But oh, these false idols do not go gently! They cling to their lofty perches, thrashing against our efforts to unseat them. Day after day, they clamor for our attention, begging to remain foremost in our minds and souls. Yet every morning brings a new choice: What will we place first today? Our distractions rage against this decision, but the power of God lies with us. Take heart! The struggle is a chance to grow.

Therefore, we have a decision to make. What will it be?


“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.” Joshua 24:15

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