Choices by Betty Gabel



Choices by Betty Gabel

In life, we are presented with choices that we must make each day. Should I buy a Mac or a PC? Or should I buy a Hyundai or a Jeep? These are what I like to refer to as First World Problems. However, sometimes we may be presented with a choice as to what is right and what is wrong. Sometimes these choices may also affect the lives of other people.

I have recently begun reading a book entitled “The Lion and the Lamb” by Charles Causey. This book follows the lives of two individuals during the Second World War. The first person is a certain Albert Speer, a German architect who becomes Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Armaments and the second person is one most of you have heard of: Corrie ten Boom. Corrie, of course was a leader in the Dutch Resistance during the war, hiding hundreds of Jews in a secret room in her house in Harlem.

Their stories run parallel to one another and in reading them you see the choices that each of them made. Mr. Speer chose to impress Adolf Hitler and in doing so destroyed the lives of millions of people. Corrie, on the other hand, chose the way of faith and showed love and compassion to her fellow man regardless of their race or religion. In doing so she likely saved hundreds of lives. Corrie’s faith in Jesus Christ gave her the courage to choose the right path. Through her faith in Christ, she was able to survive the atrocities of what was done to her. Speer only chose to take care of himself.


Paul tells the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Be on your guard; stand firm in faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” NIV


The above verse makes me think of Corrie. She did stand firm in her faith. I don’t even think she knew she was being brave. All she knew was that she had to help God’s people and this she did in love.


Proverbs 3: 5-6 teaches:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” NIV


As we go through our lives, it is important that we look to the Lord to understand what is right. Man will lead us astray, but the Lord will help us to see what is right.

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It’s fall again and every time we think about what the harvest will be like, farmers look at the fields and hope for a bountiful harvest at the end of a long summer and thank God for blessing them.

All of us need to stop and thank God for the way God has blessed us. We may not have received everything we were hoping or, but we need to be thankful.

David said in Psalm 9:1-2

“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.
I will be glad and exult in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High”

God loves it when we talk to Him. He takes great joy in our thanks and when we show Him our love for Him. He cares so much about everything that happens in our lives. Tell Him whatever is on Your heart. He understands and wants to meet your needs.

“Your heavenly Father knows all your needs.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, And all these things will be added to you”

-Matt. 6:32-33

I remember when I went out of my way to help someone. As is often the way with young people, he did not say thank you. When I mentioned it to him, he seemed surprised. He felt it was my job as his pastor to help him and a thank you was not necessary. I was really hurt.

I believe God feels the same way when we don’t show Him how grateful we are for all He does for us each day. He wants us to be thankful and not expect that it’s His “job” to bless us without thanking Him.

How great is the Father’s love for us. How awesome are His deeds. Let us rejoice and be thankful to Him and bless Hi Holy name.

Give thanks to God for He is good, and His mercy is everlasting. Great is His love and greatly to be praised.

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