Choose Vs. Want

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You are My servant. I have chosen you and not rejected you. – Isaiah 41:9

I love choices; I don’t need a lot of choices but having more than one option is a very good thing. I love apple pie, but if I had the choice of apple pie or pecan pie I would absolutely choose pecan! Sometimes making the right choice is a no-brainer, like pecan over apple, but sometimes it’s tricky! Last week I had a “God thump” that made me think of choices in a new light.

On Friday, the middle lovelies were sitting at Mass with our kindergarten buddies and I was helping the little guy next to me find the right page in the song book. Once we found it, he wanted me to point to the words as we sang. The song was familiar and a school Mass favorite. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for the little one next to me, I wouldn’t have even needed to pick up the book. God had a plan! My favorite lines from this song are, “my heart’s one desire is to be holy, set apart for You Lord, I want to be holy, ready to do your will.” Great words, right? I’ve belted them out just like that  dozens of times, but on Friday as I pointed to each word with my fingers for my buddy, God thumped me as I read not “I want to be holy” but “I CHOOSE to be holy.” That one word made a huge difference.

The difference between want and choose is action, responsibility, and work. I can want to be holier or thinner or more prayerful and patient. I can want all I want and it just remains a wish or a dream. If I choose to be those things, that means I have to do something about it. It reminded me of something my mom used to say when we whined about something being hard or not going our way. She would say, “Well, child, why don’t you wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which one gets full faster. Nothing gets done until you get busy.”

The ultimate goal of the Lenten season is to help us grow in holiness. The big question I’ve been pondering and praying about is, do I want to grow in holiness, or do I choose to grow in holiness? If I just want it, I can guarantee I will sit in church on Good Friday weeping because I’m in the same place I was on Ash Wednesday. If I want things to be different I have to choose to make them different. I have to take action and not just wish for change. That puts a different light on things. It takes away the try and replaces it with a do.

I don’t know about you, but my Lent can use more DOING and CHOOSING! I’m not quite sure what He’s leading me to on this year’s Lenten journey, but I do know I will have to make some choices and I’m pretty sure they won’t be as easy as pecan over apple! Lord, help me see and choose!

A Seed To Plant:  Make a list of the things that get in the way of your holiness. Now circle a few and pray over them the next few days, asking God to help you CHOOSE the ones he wants to help you tackle as Lent continues.

Blessings on your day!


Copyright 2018 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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