A lesson from an Israelite (part 3)

The good choice.

We make thousands of choices each day. Some are so monotonous that we probably don’t realize we’re making them.

A majority of our choices are most likely habitual. Like walking around the kitchen island instead of running into it or closing the cupboard door to prevent my husband from getting a concussion. But the bigger stuff we spend time thinking, wondering, or praying about. Things like what we should eat, whether we should do the dishes or watch TV, or how God will help us work through a difficult situation.

God tells us plainly in His word that we have a choice. It’s the choice between good and evil. When we’re reading and studying His word, we get to know the heart of God, so there is much less deliberating about what is the godly choice to make.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord promised to give your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 AMP

At this point in the story, God had just led the Israelites through the desert and they were about to enter it and take possession of the promise land. He was instructing the people to continue to walk in His ways – to not get distracted by the abundance and blessing, but to remember the consequences associated with obedience and disobedience.

It may not feel like the seemingly small bad choices that we’re making are actually sins that can lead to death, but we’re wrong to assume that. These “tiny” (or “big”) sins can send us spiraling down a path that can result in tragedy, both in our own spiritual life and the lives of others around us.

We need to be constantly reminded of the goodness of God, all the blessing He has for us when we walk in obedience! We sang this song last night at a community worship night, and I just LOVE the truth in the lyrics. Take a few minutes out of your day to sit, listen, worship, and meditate on God’s goodness!

I Can Make Good Choices

So in the social story that I’ve written, I Can Make Good Choices, I put an emphasis on the consequences of good and bad choices. It’s imperative that we teach kids about those and their need to take responsibility for their actions…just like we need to as adults!

Here are some of the main points I want to get across in the story, practically and spiritually speaking:

  • Follow the rules, because the rules have been set for our protection. Our sin/mistakes affect other people. When we mess up, we don’t always even know the ripple affect it may have on others.
  • Good choices please God! Just as they (should) please our teachers/parents/etc.
  • Bad choices hinder our joy and the joy of others. Until we’ve reconciled with the Lord, we are honestly stuck there, even if we pretend we’re not.

As with my other social stories, I’ve created a reference poster for the basic points inside the story.

I’ll be the first to admit, it can be difficult to admit you need to work on the same skills that a toddler does. But often when I correct the kids at daycare, I am sometimes convicted that I make the same bad choices. I often stress the need for a happy heart, when my attitude can stink as well. So I advise you to approach this topic in prayer so that you can humbly teach it!

May you be filled with the goodness of God today to reach and teach your sweet blessings and make a difference again today. You’ve got this!

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