As I walked the streets of London in the early evening yesterday I saw homeless person after homeless person sleeping or begging on the cold concrete floor. My heart immediately ached for them. I said, Father, there are so many homeless people here.. He said nothing, but only gave me a heart of compassion for them. I smiled compassionately to some who were awake, but prayed and released blessings for them all as I passed by.
I saw the angels assigned to some of them. Ever so faithful standing by. Protecting them, counselling them and waiting on their next move..
In my heart I asked, how did it get this way for them Father? What’s the difference between me and them? How can they have a good life? Please. Help them find it. My heart poured out in quiet prayers on their behalf.
This morning I came across Proverbs 13:20. It says,
Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble.
As I pondered this, I remembered an old Mexican proverb, ‘Dime con quien andas y te diré quien eres.’ Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are. Probably a proverb in every language.
As I meditated on the wisdom of His words, He answered the question that was weighing in my heart from the night before.
‘One good choice after another.’
Oh Abba. Do you mean we are all responsible for our actions? But at every turn we can change our future?
Simply put. Yes.
Making one good choice after another is like posting a guard on our lives. Every choice for good sets into motion other opportunities for good. Evil choices follow the same pattern, but in the opposite direction.
Knowingly or unknowingly, each decision we make to obey God and His Word will bring a greater sense of order to our lives, while each decision to disobey will bring confusion and destruction. Obedience brings the greatest safety and security.
My prayer is that we may all ponder not only on our own lives, but also the lives of others. Those in our sphere of influence, those whom we pass by. May our aim be to make one good choice after another, for ourselves, for one another. And if we get it wrong, to simply aim to make the next choice, a good one. That we may teach each other by example and together learn. That our hope in humanity may grow. Inspiring others to do good. Not because we ought to, but because someone modelled goodness to us and we’re gladly paying it forward.
One good choice after another. It’s never too late as long as we’re alive. x
‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another.’