Let no-one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and God cannot be tempted by anyone.
~ James 1:13
How many of us have heard it said, or we even said it ourselves, "The devil made me do it?"
Understanding choice is something we begin to have understanding of early in life. Why do you think one of the first words we learn as a child is "NO!"
Mastering the ability to make good choices is a life-long lesson. I'm glad that with age and experiences we learn what choices are good for us.
The photo above is one I took of a sculpture that was part of a group of angels that were part of a traveling group at Discovery Green in Houston a few years ago. Angels are fascinating to me. In Hebrew the word "angel" means "messenger." They are a reminder to me that God has been in the business for all eternity of helping us to make the right decisions.
Angels are just one way that God attempts to keep us on the right path. Of course, we can be that for one another as well. Our own failed attempts and life lessons can do exactly the same for others. We have all heard, "Learn from your mistakes."
It's powerful for others when we are able to be vulnerable to and for one another and share of those times.
Being able to take suggestions, good and bad, can make the difference between living a life with steps of faith, stumbles, or falls.
May we all find that each step and decision is balanced by our faith and by our experiences.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.