The Devotional Diva - Decisions, Decisions!  

The Devotional Diva - Decisions, Decisions!

By Barbara Gobbs
Executive Assistant and Ministry Partner - Pocket Full of Change Ministries

““Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.” Joshua 24:15a (NAS95)

When Bob and I feel the need to eat out, it generally means I forgot to take something out of the freezer or just too lazy to cook. Sad, but true. Despite his mild irritation, he will lean over and ask, “So then, where do you want to eat?”

“I dunno. You pick.”

“But it doesn’t matter to me. Do you want fast food or something more sit-down?”

“I dunno. You pick.”

I will spare you the remaining gory details but suffice it to say, I usually wind up with my hands over my head moaning something that resembles, “But I don’t want to make any more decisions today – you decide!”

Fortunately, I trust my husband, who knows what I will and will not eat, to make such a decision for me. However, we cannot permit others to choose for us in every decision, every day. Personal disaster would certainly ensue.

(Here is the part where you may want to reflect on what would happen, if you allowed just any old body to make life decisions for you on a consistent basis – but I warn you, this exercise is not for the faint of heart. And I am not talking about getting counsel for making decisions.

We cannot escape making decisions. We cannot forfeit making choices in life. Yesterday in Bible Study, we reviewed Scriptures that advised us on making wise and gracious choices with the words we speak. Words are choices.

As a believer, I strive to let the principles of His Word guide my actions. My actions are a choice, my choice. Choices are not necessarily easy to make either.

Joshua told the people of Israel, as they were settling into the promised-land, “you choose for yourself today who will serve.” Life choices are personal and daily.

This hits a particularly delicate note with me today because many decisions loom in front of me. My decisions could put me out of my comfort zone and even out of my comfortable bed. So do I choose comfort or do I choose to trust Christ?

Let’s just make this short and sweet today, because it’s Monday and we all know how Monday’s can be! But every day brings the opportunity to make choices. Some will be easier than others. Some will have more impact than others. Like our words, some choices can bring life and some could bring death. Pretty heavy stuff!

So let me share on last thing before contemplating my choices for the day. I saw a sign on Saturday that made a lot of sense. It read simply,

“You make your choices, but your choices make you.”,


Barbara Gobbs is a ministry partner with and the Executive Assistant of Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information, to schedule a speaker for an event, or to request a newsletter, go to or call Gail Golden, Publicist at 904 316-5462. This ministry is supported by donations. If this ministry helps you or others, and God calls you to help support this work, you can make a donation to Pocket Full of Change Ministry at POB 51205, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32240.

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