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Sundown Devotional: What Makes a Good Choice?

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Welcome to Sundown Devotional. At the end of the workweek, away from the stress of the workplace, from the hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our meditation on a short Scripture passage.Today, we focus on choices. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged.

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Then the woman who was the real mother . . . cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child—please do not kill him!” But the other woman said . . . “Divide him between us!” 1 Kings 3:26 NLT

This verse is from the episode (1 King 3: 16-28.) which proved Solomon's wisdom. Two women gave birth to sons, then both appeared before the king claiming to be the mother of the same child. Judging from their different attitudes and different choices, Solomon identified the real mother.

The first woman, the real mother, revealed a devoted heart; she chose to love her son and to make him her reason for living. She chose to exchange her lifestyle of seducing men for the responsibility of nurturing a boy into manhood.

The other woman revealed a depraved heart; she chose to neglect her son, resulting in his accidental death, and also tried to have the other child killed. The children were reasons to change their old prostitute lifestyle. She was choosing not to change.

The first-woman mentality accepts that one right choice can change our lives from the usual to the exceptional. It begins with the desire to be and do better. It would rather make a new choice than settle for old frustrations in an old situation.

The other-woman mentality sabotages our efforts to improve, with reminders of our previous failures, and pacifying notions of comfort in our present routine. It tells us that it is presumptuous to think that we can choose positive change.

But what if instead of visualizing the first woman and the other woman in a king's courtroom, we imagine them at war within us? The first woman’s choice is motivated by confidence in God’s promise: “Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” (Psalm 25:12) The other woman chooses according to her fears, her pet peeves, and her hidden agendas.

May God grant us wisdom like Solomon's to make choices which are influenced by divine guidance, from the right Spirit, for the right reason.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for showing us how, when and what to choose. Please remind us to consult You and follow Your lead, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Inspiring Choice Quotes

  1. Once you realize you deserve a bright future, letting go of your dark past is the best choice you will ever make. ― Roy T. Bennett
  2. A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. ― Hunter S. Thompson
  3. If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. . . Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don't need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices. ― Don Miguel Ruiz
  4. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is . . . the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others. ― C.S. Lewis
  5. There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it. ― Shannon L. Alder
  6. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. ― Steve Jobs
  7. You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you. ― Paulo Coelho
  8. There are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose! ― Oscar Wilde
  9. We don't get to choose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it. ― Kami Garcia
  10. Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs. Then your beliefs affect your choices. ― Roy T. Bennett
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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2019:

Bill, happy to meet you whenever you can make it. I appreciate your continual support.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2019:

Victoria, glad to meet you. Thanks for your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2019:

Cheryl, you are very kind. I appreciate you and will keep trying to deserve comments like yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 13, 2019:

Lora, thanks for your comment. Yes, the choice is ours. Happy that the message here is clear about that.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 13, 2019:

I'm a little late this week, Dora. But hey, I made it. Thanks again for another weekly devotional to start out my day.

Author Victoria Sheffield from Georgia on November 13, 2019:

This was beautiful!

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 12, 2019:

Beautifully written as always/

Lora Hollings on November 12, 2019:

This is a very profound article, Ms Dora, that can put us on the right track and change our course from a life of just mere existence to a life of real joy and a feeling of fulfillment! Finally coming to terms with our choices and admitting to ourselves that we are the ones that ultimately can choose happiness and conscious decisions that lead to a much more rewarding life in every sense. I especially liked the quote, "Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs. Then your beliefs affect your choices." ― Roy T. Bennett

A wonderful, thought-provoking article. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2019:

Sunrise, I do appreciate your very kind comment. When my articles drive readers back to the text, that encourages me.

Sunrise on November 12, 2019:

I find your approach to this topic interesting and encourages one to give this familiar story a second look. A well written and challenging article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 12, 2019:

Ms. Dora,

You are so sweet. Thank you.

May you have an excellent day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2019:

Kari, good to hear from you. Glad you like the article. True, it seems hard surrendering our lives to God, but Larnelle Harris sings, "It's not in trying, but in trusting that we find the strength of the Lord." A different perspective for sure.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 12, 2019:

I enjoyed this article. I try very hard to let God rule my life. I love the Paulo Coelho quote!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2019:

Brenda, this comment from an excellent writer like you means much to me. So glad we connected.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 11, 2019:

Ms Dora,

Your writing is wonderful. It is great to show others through words.

I love this part, "one right choice can change our lives from the usual to the exceptional"

Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2019:

Thank you, Devika. I appreciate your kind comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 11, 2019:

Lots to think about here and you you have thought of an excellent hub. Quotes strongly expressed and so true.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2019:

Cynthia, you're right. Feeling lazy may sometimes be accepted as feeling comfortable. We need to think it through. Thanks for your input and you kindness.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on November 10, 2019:

Hmm.. that is a very interesting understanding of the two women that I have not considered before. I do struggle with that from time to time. But I recognize that what I see as comfort is quite frequently the sort of laziness that will result in stiff legs and the inability to walk as far as I would like without having to rest.

Thanks, as always, for the wisdom!

Antonio50S on November 10, 2019:

To Dora.

Sorry Dora. Last post of mine was a little of subject and a little too long. Just delete it. ( Unless ) you feel it's appropriate in some way ? What ever you think.

Antonio50S on November 10, 2019:

Thanks Dora.

About that ( C.S. Lewis quote )

( No disparaging ) going on from me towards my former jws associates, and can also see how that ( C.S. Lewis ) quote can apply to them as well, but this is what i noticed while being involved with them. It was pretty much impossible to apply the ROYAL LAW OF LOVE of ( James 2:8 ) while being involved with them at the same time. How can anybody apply that Law while looking down at others and elevating themselves in a superior way ?

Jesus made it very clear who our neighbours were in ( Luke 10 ). It wasn't just the person who was stripped and beaten, but the most unlikeliest of persons to assist the beaten man was the "Samaritan" as well. The expert in the Jewish Law should have known that, but the Samaritan without even realising did the right thing.

Our neighbour is literally anyone from any race, nation, backround, rich or poor, including others of religious backrounds. We may not agree with some of their views, but they are still our neighbours, and we have to Love them like we would "ourselves". That includes the ( "Self-Righteous" excuse the expression ) who i was involved with, which for me is a bit of a "Tall Order" but it's a challenge.

When we have that ROYAL LAW OF LOVE attitude, the Truth is far deeper than "Ticking all the boxes" which we may think are important to us. Truth is, it may be OK if it's working for us "For Now" ( C.S. Lewis ) quote. But it's absolutely NEVER OK to look down on others because they are not a part of our group ( Mark 9:38-41 Esp 40 ) even expecting our own congregational members to make progess first before we can assist them. I have to say Dora, when i was involved with them i became so Judgemetal & critical of others, including all faith groups, but when i left, my sense of humour returned, and even started to Love all people Unconditionally as well. ( James 2:8 ) And for that, if i ever said anything to anyone that was offensive at anytime, then i make an Apology. But i will NEVER allow my former associates to make me a slave to that kind of system again, because when it comes to Real Genuine AGAPE Love, we do to others as we want them do to us. A better ROYAL Law. A Kingly Law.

That ( C.S. Lewis ) quote Dora, is Just to cool :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 10, 2019:

Thank you, Flourish. I really appreciate your affirmation on the quotes.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 10, 2019:

Those quotes are excellent and really provoke thinking.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

You're welcome, Denise. Thank God, for the gift of choice. Even after a wrong choice, we're free to choose again.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

Thanks, Antonio. You picked some impressive quotes. I appreciate your input.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on November 09, 2019:

These are beautiful quotes that remind me that I have a choice, no matter what the situation, and no matter what I am feeling in the moment. Each choice I make affects all those around me. I appreciate this reminder.

Antonio50S on November 09, 2019:

To Dora.

That ( C.S. Lewis ) Number 4 is "very" interesting. Like it. Also like the ( Oscar Wilde ) Number 8 as well. Really good.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

Thanks, Sean. Thanks for introducing the concept of love as an influence on our choice. Love's a big deal in every choice we make.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

You're welcome, Linda. So happy that you like the quotes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

Pamela, your encouragement means much to me. Praying that our wisdom will improve to match our responsibility to choose.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

Thanks, L.M. This is a daily challenge, since we always have the responsibility to choose. Hopefully, we grow wiser as we grow older.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 09, 2019:

Every time I am in front of a crossroad, I think:

"What Love would do now?" or "Is my choice serving Love?"

Then my choices lead me to happiness even if this is not visible from the start!

My dear sister, thank you for this insightful article! Blessed to read your work!

Always choose Love!

Sean

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2019:

The quotes are very thought-provoking. I especially like numbers 7 and 10. Thank you for sharing the list, Dora.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 08, 2019:

I particularly like te quotes about choices as there is not too much more important than that. I remember reading the story about Solomon when I was 19 and a new mother. I knew the choice I would make as a mother, and I saw the wisdom of Solomon.

I enjoyed your article, as always, because your Bible sessions always give me things to think about or pray about. Thanks Ms Dora again.

L.M. Hosler on November 08, 2019:

Wonderful and inspirational. Making the right choices is a big part of how our lives define us. Thanks for another great hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Marlene, thanks for your input. "Sooner or later we have to choose what we believe and what we believe will be the driving force in our lives." We need to grapple with this truth, and I couldn't have said it better.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Golda, that's how much God loves you. He directed me to choose something relatable to you. He gets the credit.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 08, 2019:

This is an excellent devotional. All of the quotes are inspirational. If I had to choose only one it would be #10. It also closely relates to #2. Sooner or later we have to choose what we believe and what we believe will be the driving force in our lives.

Golda Dunrod on November 08, 2019:

Sr. Dora, the article caused my heart to stir. Isn't it funny how when it comes to God's word, how the same message can resonate so personally to so many reasons? This one resonated with me today because of a current situation and I want to just thank you for sharing. It made me look at things a little differently. ....... the two women inside me...... God has placed you here, in this place, through this medium, for such a time as this. Thank you and God bless

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Thanks, Layne. Glad you found some reminders in the article. The quote which you selected is also one of my favorites.

Layne Holmes from Bend, Oregon on November 08, 2019:

A very good read. "You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you" really speaks to me. We often are led by our fears, which you touch on. I try to remind myself of this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Manatita, thank you for your encouragement and kind wishes. Means much to hear from a great story teller like you are.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Thanks, Linda. Comments like yours make it worth the while. I appreciate you.

manatita44 from london on November 08, 2019:

Another inspiring piece and yes a great story to tell. May it brings wisdom and warms the Heart.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 08, 2019:

"Choosing to communicate, especially with your ears." If only more people would heed that. It is said that there is a reason our Creator gave us two ears and only one mouth. I look forward to Friday devotionals with you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Thanks, Cheryl. You also bless me with your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Paul, so glad you found this devotional. Keep choosing joy. Hopefully, the other choices will catch up.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 08, 2019:

Very inspiring as always. Please continue to bless us.

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on November 08, 2019:

I would like to always choose joy, but there are some automatic and habitual choices that do not point in that direction. So I stop to think and feel. And it always helps when a good devotional appears at just the right time. Thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Eric, thanks for sharing that very wise quote. Your entire input is full of wisdom.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Bill, everybody needs joy, but everyone doesn't choose it. Glad you wanted it and found it. It is empowering to keep it front and center like you do. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 08, 2019:

Thanks, Mary. I appreciate you for sharing your wise choice experience. So glad that it left you with a good feeling.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 08, 2019:

Beautiful and I hope helpful to many many. I have been thinking lately that "The heart is where wisdom resides and the mind only chooses what to do with it." Choices it seems that are made by less than the intention of furthering God who is love, are feeble at best.

You do so well here that I will be back to pester further.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 08, 2019:

#2 and #5 dominate my life these days. I want positive people in my life, and I want joy. It was missing for a good chunk of my life, so now I make sure it is front and center. :) Love the devotional...thank you!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 08, 2019:

Lately, I felt like giving up on one person but instead, I went to visit her and I understood her within her context. I also tried not to change her but accept her as she truly is and we parted not as enemies but as friends. This is a first for me but I proved to myself it is possible so it changed me much, too.