Spiritual Practice

Which Choice?

Richard Lawton

Someone has publicly belittled me, insulted me, run me off the road, or criticized my work. How do I deal with it? I could take revenge, feel bitter, hold a grudge for years, say “Poor me”—or I can forgive and get on with my life. Only one choice is healthy. The wrong choice hurts me and damages my relationship with another person.

Someone offers me drugs and puts on the pressure. People laugh if I say no. How do I deal with it? Only one choice is positive.

I look for a job. One option makes a significant contribution to other people; the other doesn’t, but it pays more. Which choice do I make?

My friends are making life difficult for another person. Do I go along with the crowd or stand up for this person? Which choice is life-giving?

My group talks about doing something that is wrong or dangerous. Do I go along? Yes or no?

I am determined to be faithful.
Psalm 119:30a (CEV)

Some choices are obvious. Others require serious thought. In the same circumstances, you and I may make different choices. My rule of thumb is to ask myself, Will the choice I make be helpful to someone else? Can I proudly tell God about it? Choices are not always easy, but they do make a difference.


PRAYER: God, help us make choices that honor you. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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