Anna's Analogy
written by Anna Shields


Written  April  2010

Many years back I use to be one of those people that believed that life was just the way it was. What happened, happened and there was nothing you could do about it. That your life was just the way it was and that was that. That it really didnít matter what we did or didnít do.

Before I get too far into my topic of Choices, let me say, there are some things out of our control. Some things happen that we have no control over, but we do have a choice on the way we respond to a situation. We can act rather than reacting.

Our choices that we make daily determine our outcome in life. However, without knowledge, you donít know that you even have choices, much less even know what they are.

The daily choices we make in life determines our outcome. Like for instance, a doctor does not just wake up and one day is instantly a doctor. First, he or she had to choose to become a doctor. After going to elementary school, then on to high school, one had to complete the college requirements and then on to Medical school. Then one would have to put in many hours of residency at a hospital. And so on and so on until finally meeting all the requirements of becoming a doctor. One would have to choose to discipline himself to make sure he had time to study and prepare for tests, exams, and anything else that was required to become a doctor. It would have to be a daily choice to do all these tasks and stay focused until the end of the process.

I have found the same is true in reading your Bible and trying to discover who God is to you. You have to choose daily, (or whatever schedule you choose) that you want to read your Bible, then set aside the time to do so and follow through with your plan. You will find that you have to do this with every activity that you do in life whether it is going to work, going to church, taking





piano lessons or whatever you choose to include into your plan called life. Time doesnít just happen for these things, you have to make time for them.

The bible tells us to choose Jesus. You can choose to include Him in your everyday life.

Proverbs 1:29 For they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the lord.

Proverbs 3:31 tells us to Envy not thou the oppressor (which is a man of violence), and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 4:20-27 My son,attend to my words: incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all thier flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and preverse lips, put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil.

Attend, incline, Let, keep, Put, Ponder Turn, Remove,

These are all choices. We can choose to attend or not attend. we can choose to incline or not to incline, we can choose to let or not to let, to keep or not to keep, to put or not to put, to ponder or not to ponder to turn or not to turn, we can choose to remove or not remove. You get the idea.

I hope this message has helped you to realize that you do have choices and that your choices do matter.

The most important choice you can make is to choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior. If you havenít already done so, please do it today. Donít put it off, we never know how much time any of us have here.