By Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) Doyl McMurry
Special to GUIDON
If you were to evaluate your life, what would you find?
Are you the person you need to be? Are you headed in the direction you need to go?
Choices come to us every day. Some are significant and some don’t seem so, but they still have consequences.
Who you will be tomorrow is largely determined by the choices you make today.
If your life is not what it should be, then changes should be made.
Albert Einstein once said that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Nothing will change if you keep doing the same things you’ve always done.
Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” describes two roads discovered during a walk in the woods. Frost knows he can only explore one and tells himself that someday he will travel the other but, knows he will never return.
Here is an excerpt:
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Frost is not talking about the choice of forest paths, but the choices in a person’s life.
No one else can make your choices. This is your life, you must live it.
Joshua 24:15 records the words of a leader urging his people to make a choice of who they will follow. He tells them that regardless of their choices, he is going to choose to follow God, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
My choice is the same as Joshua’s.
What is yours?
(Editor’s note: McMurry is a chaplain with the Interservice Training Office).