Choices

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

Sometimes we wish the choices we have to make in life were as simple as choosing what food to eat or where to order from. Most of the time, of course, things are not that simple. There are so many things to consider. Is it right or wrong? Is it easy or difficult to do? Will other people be affected? Is it God’s will or not?

 

Choosing between right and wrong, obviously, one should always do what is right. But is does not always happen. In Rom 7:18-19, St. Paul says “I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.”

 

Why is it oftentimes more difficult; more trying to do what is right? Because choosing to do what is right means battling our human nature. We are wired for self-preservation to avoid pain and suffering. We do not want to be inconvenienced, so we hesitate to do what is right. It is not a simple matter of following our brain. It is indeed, “rewriting” or “renewing” our mind to be more like Christ’s.

 

Then there is the matter of choosing among many good things. Someone said: “The enemy of the best is not the bad … but the good.” But how would one know which is the best? Like the various food choices in a restaurant, how should we know which of those will satisfy the most, or which is the most nutritious?

 

Knowing God’s will, we admit, it’s something we’re struggling to learn right now. There are so many things happening in our lives that we do not understand; like heartache, like grief, like sorrow. But there are also many opportunities for growth; so many lessons to learn. And we don’t know which of these He wants us to pay the most attention to.

 

So many choices. We guess, while there is life, there will always be choices to make. We are just glad that in our decision making, we are not alone. He will always be there to guide and to catch us when we fall.

 

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