Popular Choices

There are numerous things vying for our time and only we can choose our priorities.

Psalm 1:1-6

Reference: “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” Psalm‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Her name was Lacey Peacock. She was quiet, studious and dedicated.

Unfortunately, in high school those traits didn’t win you many friends. She was teased and excluded because she prioritised her academic achievements over her social acceptability.

The only time people envied her was during assessment time. They knew she would get high marks on her assignments and exams, and while this came at a great sacrifice others were not willing to make, they were momentarily jealous of her results.

Application: Even from a young age we are presented with choices to make. There are numerous things vying for our time and only we can choose our priorities.

Those who choose to follow God are not always seen as popular or cool. But Psalm 1 says that those who dedicate their lives to God are not just blessed but will prosper.

When it comes to making choices in our everyday life it’s important to consider where we want our blessing to come from. Do we want acknowledgement from other humans or do we want the Lord of Heaven and Earth to prosper us?

It seems a clear decision when it is put like that. But don’t be deceived, these decisions are still tricky to make, long after we finish high school.

Prayer: Lord, may it be Your praise we strive for. Amen.

Whose blessing are you currently seeking?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.