“Choices, choices, choices!”

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Choices, choices, choices – we have so many to make on a daily basis yet there are some choices that have huge consequences. We as a nation have chosen to leave the European Union which has large implications for the future. More choices are required as to who will now govern our country and become Prime Minister. Yet, our small day-to-day choices can produce vast effects on us as individuals and on those around us.

It’s wonderful to think that God, our Creator, has given us a choice as to how we live and what we do with or without Him. It takes a huge risk for someone to let those they have made make their own choices when in fact God knows far better than we humans what the best choice in a given situation is. In fact, God loves us enough to give us free will so that we are not robots.

Joshua (information about him being in the Old Testament of the Bible in the book of his name) gave the people of Israel a choice as to whether they would follow God and his ways or not. He set the scene by saying “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24) and the Israelites followed his example.

Here in the UK, through much prayer, it seems that we are likely to have (and chosen by our representatives in the Conservative Party that was voted in last year) a Christian Prime Minister who I hope will be an example to each of us in this country and throughout the world (who are watching what might become of the UK). The economy has been such a huge concern of our governments in the past, but one wonders what would happen if we choose to trust God for our finances both as individuals and as a country. When a person or nation honours God, God is faithful enough to bless and provide. So it will be interesting to see who God has chosen to be our national leader at this time.

Our children thrive with good and honest leadership. They easily know what is right and wrong and as we move into hopefully a new dimension as families, children will more easily choose the right and good. The Biblical verses that have become a motto for Diamond Books and is written on my car (words on balloon pictures!) are from Philippians 4:8-9 (New International Version) “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things…” How we need to think on what God says and has written for us (in the Bible love letter) in these days so that the children around us can get a handle of what life is meant to be – connected to their Maker and wonderfully provided for. The more children are exposed to what is good and true and pure etc. the more they can make right choices. ‘The Creation Series’ (based on the first 3 chapters of Genesis) helps with this and children can view God’s wonderful world over and over again and appreciate the great God who can make each life meaningful and secure, providing the answer to the mistakes the first humans made..