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Sundown Devotional: What Makes a Good Choice?

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

Photo by Jan-Pieter Nap. Text added.

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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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More Sundown Devotionals

  • Sundown Devotional: Serving God With Our Influence
    We do not know her name. All we know is that she was a captured Israelite, serving as a maid. Yet, even as we wonder about her identity, we see her great influence over those with outstanding identity.
  • Sundown Devotional: Searching Takes Time
    One quick search will not yield all we need or all we can get to improve our lives. It takes time. Is the intensity of our desire to find reflected in the intensity of our search?
  • Sundown Devotional: Thriving on Testimonies
    The testimony is personal.It doesn’t begin with “Some people” or "We have to.” It is a simple declaration of faith (evidence) which encourages both the speaker and the listener to thrive.What's yours?

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