When I gave my life to Christ in 1999 I had no idea who or what I was giving my life to. I soon realized that in order to experience any significant life changes, I would actually have to do things differently. Poor decisions in life can often cause major setbacks. In a life led by Christ, he will allow us to make choices that don’t always line up with his will for our life; or perhaps they do. In Luke 15 Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son who told his Father to give him the share he had coming, so the Father divided the assets to both sons.

We know that the younger of the two sons left and squandered his inheritance, however, the Father was filled with compassion when he finally came home. I often say “sometimes I make the wrong choice before I make the right one.” When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from God among the trees in the garden of Eden. God is the one who pursued and came after them, “the LORD God called to the man” (Genesis 3:8–9).

Whether my decision or choice is right or wrong, God is always there for me. He had a perfect design for us from the beginning and gave his own son to die for our sins. We will always be challenged with making decisions or choices, and Jesus will always be with us to help us and refine us through the good and the bad decisions we make in life.

Throughout the Bible, we see the ongoing charge for us to pursue God and we see the story of Him pursuing us. In Jeremiah 29:13 God tells the Israelites, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God loves us, always pursues us, and we can choose to be caught. The best choice I ever made was to choose Jesus and make him the Lord of my life.

Randy Carter
Inside Maintenance Director

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