Choices. When my kiddos were younger, I would “allow” them to make choices on their own. Like “Do you want to wear this shirt or this shirt?” Or “Do you want to take a nap with this blanket or this blanket?” Do you get the picture? I was not actually giving them a choice to any real extent—I was giving them the impression that they had options, but I was controlling the situation.
When they got a little bit older, I would expand their options a little—“Do you want to clean the bathroom or do you want to clean the kitchen?” Oh, the good old days!
Choices. Psychologists label choice options:
Only one of those sets seems easy to decide between, doesn’t it? I mean, “win/win” leaves you a winner no matter what, but it is really hard to choose between 2 good things—you always wonder if you made the right choice. And that “lose/lose”—that’s a toughie! There, again, you would always wonder if you went the right direction.
When my kids were little, they read these “choose the ending” books, and I had a problem with them. Whenever I picked up one of the books, I would have to read all the possible combinations in order to know what happened to the characters. Maybe I’m a little OC.
In this morning’s scripture reading, God’s leader of the day, Joshua, is clearly telling God’s people that they have a choice to make. Today.
Originally preached Sunday, November 12, 2017