One Choice Can Change it All
In last night’s Superbowl, the Seahawks coaching staff made a decision that changed the history of their team forever. Trailing by four with the ball on the one yard line, a timeout left, less that 45 seconds to play, and arguably the best running back in the league in their backfield, the Seahawks seemed like a lock to win ther second consecutive championship. Instead, they decided to throw the football and Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted by an undrafted rookie cornerback named Malcom Butler. The New England Patriots emerged victorious, and Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle coaches and players will spend the next several months wondering “What If.” In a moment, with just one choice, everything changed for the Seahawks.
We often underestimate the power of our choices, but in truth, one single choice has the power the change the entire trajectory of our lives. Robert Frost illustrates this truth brilliantly in his poem The Road Not Taken, the last three lines of which read:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Frost declares that one single choice, to take the road less traveled by, “made all the difference” in his life. There are countless other stories and examples from throughout history that prove the power of a single choice to make an incredible difference. This is also a reality when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.
In Joshua 24:15, Joshua encourages the people of Israel to make a life-altering choice when he says “Choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua is encouraging the Israelites not to waver between serving false Gods and the one true God, but to make a choice. To choose whom they will serve and go after it with everything.
Each of us faces this same choice. While most of us are probably not bowing to carved wooden idols or stone statues in between church services like many of the Israelites were, but we do struggle with splitting our time, our passions, our love, and our devotion between God and worldly things that will not last. While I’m certainly not arguing that nice cars, big houses, happy families, or career success are evil or unnecessary, I am saying that if those things, or anything else for that matter, become the most important thing to us, taking precedence over our Relationship with Jesus and our willingness to obey His commands, then we have chosen to serve something other than the One True God.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” One single choice has the power to “make all the difference,” to change the entire trajectory of our lives. So what will you choose? Will you chase after all the things that the world says are necessary for a successful life, or will you say “Count Me In” to the things that God has created for you to do, even if it means making sacrifices in the short time we have on earth, and trust that he will give you everything you need. One choice can change it all. What will you decide?