_Choices. We make them all the time. From deciding to wear a shirt color that brings in the compliments, to choosing to leave for work early enough to avoid morning traffic - our decisions impact outcomes everyday.
Of course, choice-fatigue can lead to an "I don't care" attitude that disengages from making decisions. This can run the spectrum between avoidance of choice - "You decide for me" - to making a fixed and final choice that shuts down any growth or thinking on the subject - "I will decide once and for all so I don't have to think about it ever again."
But there are certain subjects that naturally require constant engaging and thinking and choosing and growing. I believe that our relationship with and reliance on God to meet our human needs is one of them.
After receiving the Ten Commandments, Moses encouraged the Hebrews to engage in deep thinking and practical follow-through in their relationship to God. He pointed out the choices that no one can avoid - decisions about what we are leaning on to sustain us and how we are going to conduct ourselves day-to-day.
He said, "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, ... therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Deuteronomy 30:15-19
I don't believe Moses was fixing a policy and deciding for his Hebrew brethren what they would do. To me, he was simply explaining that each one has a living relationship with God and choices to make in how we live our lives. His words encourage us to recognize God's love for us and that we can choose to love Him back through obedience to an ethic that is designed to be good for us. But the day-to-day decision of reliance on God would essentially always be ours.
I think this is so healthy.
Radical reliance on God for issues large and small involves moment by moment choices based on a living, growing understanding of divine Love. We shouldn't hide from thinking deeply by establishing one-time fixed policies or through deferring to someone else to decide things for us. We can engage in a conversation with God and seek guidance on any question that arises in the day.
To choose Life, God as a first point of contact when making important decisions, - from relationships, to careers and health - involves leaning on God's love to prepare us for each progressive step. God is your best friend and He will not abandon you when you most need a divine perspective to lean on.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings." (Science and Health, vii.)
Today, we all have choices to make. No one can or should make them for us. Let's choose to engage with divine Life and let the love of God be the primary influence in everything we do.
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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no