Choose Life

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Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT)

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Every two weeks I’m reminded about how fragile life is. 

And how brave, beautiful and inspiring those who choose life in the midst of pain, suffering and illness are. 

My husband receives chemotherapy for his cancer once every fourteen days. We meet some of the most feisty, gutsy men and women on these days: fighters who are refusing to let cancer win for the third or fourth time, warriors who have lost breasts, bladders and colons but still refuse to let death win. 

I have learnt so much about life from these people. For starters I have realized that we can choose life.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says, “I have given you the choice between life and death…choose life.” 

So often I have taken that to mean simply choose God. Watching my husband’s fellow oncology patients, I am realizing that we can either let death steal from us, or we can choose to fight for the life we want. 

These men and women that I meet each week are fighting for a life that they desperately want.

So many of us healthy people on the other hand are complacent. 

We’ve forgotten that when we were young we dreamt of being pilots, poets and adventurers. We’ve forgotten that God gave us big dreams because he wanted us to do great things for him.

We’ve settled for the life we have rather then reaching for the life that is possible. (tweet this)

Unlike the cancer patients I see each week, we don’t realize that every time we don’t actively pursue the life we believe God has given us, we are choosing death. Their choice is painfully apparent: life or death. We pretend that we’ll  be able to select one of these options forever: life or death.

The truth is we aren’t able to. So isn’t time that you started choosing to fight for the life that you desperately want?

What choice have you made recently to fight for the life you want?
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