Every day, we face a myriad of choices. They flash and jump and shout in front of us, vying for the important result of our decision. With competing agendas, the hope is to influence us to choose a perspective that benefits the parties involved.
Like the cereal aisle in the grocery store, we can be overwhelmed by the competing choices presented. Product advertisements, peer pressure, institutional suggestion, the flesh, the Spirit, the powers of darkness – all have a lobbyist whispering into our ear.
We choose a perspective whether we realize we are doing so or not. In the chorus of voices, we allow one to rise to the top. It could be we have been choosing the same perspective for so long that we don’t even recognize it as a choice. It just feels like the way things are.
But the choice rises anew every single day. There are new opportunities, moment by moment, to make a better choice. A truer choice. Each day is its own opportunity to choose a true perspective.
The perspective we choose is one of only three things we can control. The essence of self-awareness is to be aware of our choices and understanding of their consequences.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 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 24:14-15