Living by the scriptures

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:15

Long ago, in an obscure area of the country today called Israel, angels appeared and proclaimed the most amazing news of all time to a group of shepherds. They immediately left their sheep — their major responsibility in life — to go and find this newborn Babe in Bethlehem.

There were others who did not receive Him in the same way. King Herod brought about the deaths of many children in an attempt to end Jesus' young life. The deceived Pharisees and Sadducees refused to believe that He could possibly be the one to whom they had looked for deliverance throughout their history and actively sought to destroy Him.

Many times I have wondered how I would have responded to Him. I will never know for certain — I live now, not 2,000 years ago. However, I have learned that every day in subtle ways, I choose how I will respond to our Savior's total commitment and sacrifice. In today's crazy, busy world, it is easy to lose perspective about what really matters as we rush about with the desire to achieve the things that our world dictates. When life gets in the way and we have disappointments that seem unfair and inconsistent with our desire for our lives, sometimes we fail to see that these disappointments may be the greatest blessings of our lives — dictated by a loving, caring Father to tutor us in the attributes that are essential to our gaining what really matters.

The question remains for us, "Will we put Him first in our lives at the expense of what seems in an earthly way to be more important? It is our choice.

— Carla Cheney Carter, Summerville, S.C.