The Power of Choice

There is a story of a wise old man who lived alone in a cabin in the hills. He was so gifted with wisdom that the great men of the land came to present problems and questions, to which he always gave excellent counsel and the right answers.

One day a young man thought he would catch the old man off guard. He had a little sparrow in his large hand, and he was going to ask the old man this question, “Is this bird dead or alive?”

If the wise man said, “Alive,” he would crush the bird and prove him wrong. If the old man said , “Dead,” he would open his hand and let it fly away.

So this young man approached the brilliant old sage with a twinkle in his eye put forth his question.

The wise old man, without any hesitancy, and with a smile, said slowly, “As you will, young man, as you will.” 

Is it not true that unlimited power of choice is given to every man? Day after day, to every question in life the answer of time is, “As you will, young man, as you will.” Even God has given us a free choice in life, and as we stand at the forks in the road in life’s course, there is always a right and a wrong way for us. 

Pilate’s question is still our question, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” God the Father answers, “As you will, young man, as you will.”

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.” Chuck Swindoll

To be offended is a choice we make. It is not a condition inflicted or imposed upon us by someone or something else. David A. Bednar

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

Friends, believe and trust in Christ as your Savior, and you will always have God’s mighty arm to guide you in this life and to keep you for His eternal glory.


Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.

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