Long ago in the land of Palestine two sons were left a large piece of property as an inheritance by their father. They fought for months over how to divide it. Finally they brought their problem to their rabbi and asked him to resolve it for them. He heard their story and said, “Come back tomorrow and we will talk.” The next day they returned. The rabbi said to one brother, “You toss a coin,” and he said to the other brother, “You call it heads or tails. The one who wins divides the land.” One brother immediately got angry and said, “That is no solution! We’re right back where we started!” The rabbi said, “Not so. The one who wins divides but the other gets first choice of the pieces.” When you get your choice about what you want then you really cannot complain or fuss about the outcome too much. As most of us know all too well, that does not stop some people from complaining and fussing about the consequences of their choices. It seems that we live in an age of the victim mentality, that is, anything bad that happens to me must be someone else’s fault. Life is filled with choices that each of us has to make every day. Many of the choices are fairly simple, like what clothes to wear today or what to have for lunch. Some of our choices are much more important, like whether to marry this person or considering a change in career. There are choices that have eternal implications. They involve the most important choices that any person has to make. Will I choose to do what God wants me to do, or not? After we choose to obey the Gospel and become faithful followers of Christ then this question affects practically every aspect of our lives: our clothes, our speech, our daily behaviors, our moral outlook, our relationships. Christian faith is not just something that we do. It is who we are. Joshua challenged the people of Israel by saying, “…choose this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Jesus says this in Luke 6:46-49, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Whatever choices you make, realize that you are responsible for them and the consequences that they bring. Choose wisely!