February 3, 2005
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
A well-known Christian hero in our times is Corrie ten Boom. Corrie, along with her good friend, Betside, were cast into a Nazi prison camp known as Ravens Brook. Their first night there was horrible as they were overwhelmed by the rancid, putrid smell of the dormitory where they were to exist. There were no individual beds, but instead a huge platform filled with straw.
They lay cold in the dark feeling nauseated. Into the night, Corrie soon began to feel something stabbing her legs, arms, and hands and she looked to discover that the place was infested with fleas. She cried out in the night, “How can we live in a place like this?”
Betsie, a strong believer as well, said, “Corrie, the answer is in those Bible verses that we read this morning.”
And Betsie began to read from 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18: “…comfort the frightened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks; in all circumstances."
And, on that cold, terrible, dark night at Ravens Brook, Betsie and Corrie made a powerful choice. They chose life rather than death, and good rather than evil, and chose to give thanks rather than groan in their misery. With that powerful choice, there was latent within spiritual power that enabled them to face the indignities and the hostilities that they were to face. They chose love, forgiveness, and to find in their circumstances cause to rejoice.
The choices we make shape our lives, character, and purpose. Make the right choices in your life according to God’s purpose, rejoice in every circumstance, and constantly give thanks no matter what.
THE CHOICES YOU MAKE WILL MAKE UP YOUR PERSONALITY,
TEMPERMENT, AND CHARACTER TOMORROW.