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It’s MY choice!

I know it started way before my earliest recollection of it, but there seems to be no end to it. I’m speaking of that general notion that life is all about me.

It was a Burger King slogan that told me to “Have It Your Way.”

It’s a common thread in most advertising campaigns but it has reached a new high, or low depending on how you look at it.

The other day I was in the check-out line when I noticed gum with the label “UP2U”

I didn’t get it at first. Picking a pack of gum is my choice to begin with so why do I need one pack of gum with two flavors that gives me yet one more choice?

OOOOH, now I get it! Because it reinforces my individuality, my freedom to choose, the notion that life really is all about me.

Sure it’s only gum, but it’s MY choice!

Why pick gum with just one flavor when I can get a pack with two?

I want to feel empowered every time I choose which flavor to chew.

But wait! What happens if I don’t choose evenly? What if I run out of one flavor before I run out of the other? I won’t have any choice to make!

Unless I choose to go back to the store and get more multi-flavor packs of gum.

Whew! That was a close one!

Maybe one day I’ll be able to go online to order my gum and choose how much of each flavor I want! AWESOME!

That breeze you feel blowing across your face is from the rotation of the world as it revolves around me.

Me and MY choice! Ha Ha Ha! (He laughed in an evil, self-satisfied sort of way)

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him  deny himself and  take up his cross and follow me. 25 For  whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For  what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or  what shall a man give in return for his soul? ~ Matthew 16:24-26 (ESV)


© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.


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Mysterious messages from a parallel universe?

After our Christmas Eve service at church this last year our kids headed home in one car while my wife and I got a bite to eat in town before stopping by to visit a family.

As I was walking between our car and the restaraunt I received a phone text that read, “Quit holding up the line!”

Glancing around the desolate parking lot I wondered what parallel universe this message had come from. After showing it to Susan I called the gal who sent it to find out what tidbit of information I was missing that would make sense of it all.

As I was on the phone with her – explaining that I really wasn’t right in front of her at that very minute – it dawned on Susan that our friend was probably behind our kids who were in our car.

Mystery solved!

Turns out this all happened at Burger King so Susan texted one of our girls… “Burger King huh?”

We couldn’t have asked for a better setup.

“What? How did you know? Where were you?”

We had a good laugh with that one!

It’s like that with God you know. It doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing God is always with us. That’s not such great news if you like to do life on your own or engage in private activities (except to God) that you wouldn’t want your mother to know about.

But on the other hand, how cool is it that God really is with us everywhere! Isn’t it amazing that He delights in us that much! After giving His followers some final instructions about making disciples, Jesus said:

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:20 (NLT)

There are plenty of times in this world when we feel absolutely alone… but we’re not! Our loving, heavenly Father is always with us!

One of my favorite worship songs is “Everywhere I Go” by Lincoln Brewster. Whether you enjoy the video or not I’m sure you’ll appreciate the lyrics to the chorus.

Everywhere I go Your love surrounds me
Everywhere I turn Your grace reminds me
Nothin’ in the world can separate us now
Every step I take You’re there to guide me
Every day I wake Your mercy finds me
Nothin’ in the world could ever take this love away



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