When my children were young they enjoyed reading books called "Choose Your Own Adventure". These were adventure stories, perfect for elementary aged children. At different points in the story, the reader was given one of three options. Based on the choice the reader made, they turned to a different page and continued reading. Sometimes, the choice led to capture, or disaster and defeat. Sometimes, the choice led to being the hero, to success and victory.
Recently I've thought a lot about life choices. We make them everyday. Dozens of times a day. Sometimes our choices are based on fear, we avoid a situation. We choose the easy road. At other times, our choice is based opportunity, or possibly doing a kind thing for others. We choose to take a step of faith.
Frankly, over the year, I've made both kinds of choices. But at this stage in my life, I deeply desire to make choices that most please God.
Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes talks about choices when he writes, "Cast your bread on the waters." He urges his readers to choose to live life diligently, and to live life generously. Diligence means being on the lookout for opportunity, giving each day your best. Generosity means not withholding what we can do for others, to reach others.
Today, we have another chance to "choose our own adventure". May we choose well!