The Person We Choose to 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
We all have an idea of someone who we desire to be more like. Maybe it’s a quality they have or just how they carry themselves. The thought occurred to me about how I wish I had different qualities as a person and then a different thought occurred to me. The thought that keeps ringing in the back of my head is the fact that I’m going to be a senior next year. 2019 and I’ll be out of high school. The more I think about it every single bone in my body tries to neglect that fact. Telling myself over and over again how I’m not ready. How I’m not ready to do this alone and how I need to be more prepared. The truth, no matter how hard I try to neglect the fact, will come to pass (unless I fail, beside the point).
But I’m not writing this about me or about how scared I am of graduating. I’m writing this about being the person we choose to be. Choosing the type of person you want to be now, that choice is all up to you. It’s not one of those things where you can phone a friend or ask a family member. This is something that you have to choose. Now don’t get me wrong your friends and your family can help you with the course and try to steer you in the right direction. They can help you and tell you what you ought to do. But again it’s your choice in the long run if you are going to listen to them or not.
It’s basically like if we were a broken vessel; us being that vessel and we have a hole in us. We know what can fix us yet we neglect to fix it. If a broken vessel has a hole in it and it’s in the water it will soon start to sink. The only way that vessel will be good again is if it’s fixed. If it is never fixed it will soon sink. We have the choice to be like the broken vessel that will eventually sink. Or we can choose to be fixed. We can choose to listen.
Maybe we still have that ideal person in mind. What I often forget is no matter how hard we try to be like this person who we think is just so perfect it won’t get us anywhere. Even if they are really great. We should always remember the person that we are choosing to be should be the person who God is. No matter how scared I am of graduating I am not alone. I never was, I’m not going to be graduating alone. I’m going to have God on my side even if I’m afraid, I know God‘s not done with me.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:2-4
Even in our times of troubles, when we are afraid it becomes such a struggle to think of how we can grow from our mistake. We sometimes find ourselves having a meltdown at two in the morning. Thinking we won’t make it to the place we want to be or better yet the person we hoped to be. We often forget how important it is to keep God in our lives always. Today, tomorrow, always! I started writing this about the person we choose to be. I'm going to end this by saying how important it is to choose God, always. It is not something we can put off to the next day, and unfortunately I find myself doing that a lot. Choosing to live for God always; now that my friends, is the best choice there ever will be in life.