Deuteronomy 30:19 reads: "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessing and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choices you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your children may live."
Wow! What a lot of pressure. God gives us the choice in matters of life and death, then He sets up all of heaven and earth to watch us as He cheers us on in the hope that we will make the right choice.
It really isn't all that complicated in real life. 99% of the time we are not confused as to the right choice. It's that we have a hard time making the choice that we know is right.
How do we get to the point where we make more correct choices? How do we embrace the choice of life and blessings and avoid death and curses?
There is only one way that I know of and that is through training. Training the body, soul and spirit to submit to God's Spirit.
Get disciplined moment to moment.
If you have been disciplined in your eating, it is easier to make good food choices.
If you have been disciplined in your physical training, it is easier to hit the workout than to skip it.
Here is how choosing life looks in real time.
Choose life or death.
What I eat: high calorie empty carb or high density nutrient foods.
What I drink: water vs sugar water vs alcohol.
What I watch: shows that are dark or shows that are wholesome.
What I listen to: podcasts that are enriching vs talk radio.
What I think about: positive or negative.
What I read: uplifting material or bad news.
What I do for a workout: all out or mail in an easy one.
Who I hang out with: people with a common vision vs people who bring me down.
When I get home: engage with my family or check out.
You get the idea. The list is endless and is personal to you.
The truth that I want you to see is that every one of these decisions is crucial. Each one builds on the next.
Every area of your life interacts with every other area.
You hit your workout and your marriage gets better. You bring home flowers and your practice grows. You stop drinking alcohol in excess and your kids grades go up.
Every area that you train and build up overflows into every other area. If you choose life consistently enough and for long enough what forms in your life is the Abundant Life.
What comes out of you is Life Giving.
Start choosing life right now. Don't wait for tomorrow. When it comes to making good choices they have to be made today because tomorrow never comes.