I love the story of Rosa Parks. As I was studying and preparing to preach last week on the subject of Freedom, I read Rosa Park’s story again, looked at pictures and reflected on the time when she stood, or rather, sat for justice. She had experienced discrimination for over 40 years, and yet at that crucial point in our nation’s history, she chose to take that experience and refuse to put up with it any longer. On December 1, 1955, she chose to fight a racist system and change the course of history.
Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl says, “If we don’t consciously decide what sort of person we want to be and become, our environment and our experience determine our identity and our destiny for us.”
We also have a choice. As the word of God says,
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20)
We have the choice today. We can choose to seek God, choose life and live for the kingdom now. We can choose to let go, to forgive, to speak up against injustice, to share our hope in Jesus, to stop our busy activity to let someone know they’re not alone. We can choose to invest in what matters.
What kind of person will you become? What kind of person will I become?
As you choose to live today,
May God bless you and protect you.
May God’s presence shine on you and be gracious to you.
May God’s presence turn toward you and grant you peace.
- Pastor Tara VinCross
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