Shepherd’s Care: I Am My Selections

We are continuing to look at a few of the key elements that shape our lives and our ministries.  We have considered the roles that personhood and location play.  Today, we turn to the shaping power of our choices.

None of us could actually ever do this, but if we could recall every choice we’ve made, we would see that each one took us in a particular direction.  Some of the larger ones are obvious: marital status and family dynamics, educational journey, job opportunities, places to live, religious affiliations, etc.

In every one of these—indeed, in every choice—we are moved “from” something “to” something.  I write this blog, and you’re reading it (to a great degree) as one who is the result of choices.  My life and yours would probably have been different in untold numbers of ways had we made other choices.

To the extent that we grasp this, we will see the importance of making good choices in the future.  Every moment is defined and directed by our choices.

The Holy Spirit is present to be the guide of our choices—through confirmation when we choose well, and through conviction when we do not.

We usually use the word anointed to describe a minister’s preaching and teaching.  But truth be told, those are only the tip of the iceberg of the millions upon millions of minutes which make up our lives.  We need much more to pray for the anointing of our choices, because to a great degree, “I am my selections.”


About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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3 Responses to Shepherd’s Care: I Am My Selections

  1. stepfl68 says:

    Choices, Good, Bad, or Indifferent, are what makes us what we are. If we learn from our “choices” we can and do, hopefully, draw closer to God. Not all of my lifes choices have been the right ones but, The big ones have been right. I am now at, 68 years of age, a willing servant of Christ. I can say it best this way, “God is good, all the time!!!!

  2. Tom Pope says:

    Life is the culmination of the choices we make. I’ve been speaking to people lately about choices, thank you for the timely article.

  3. Cindy Schutz says:

    at our elementary school we are always talking to our students about making ‘good’ choices. We even have a book our teachers have used called ‘choice theory’ i think by William Glasser. I have often thought it’s good to help children see that they do have a choice, but sometimes i think there is an element missing…
    we as christians have the ‘power’ to make good choices. sometimes, in our world, it seems easier to make poor choices, especially when acting in the ‘flesh’. I really like the prayer “annoint my choices”.

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