Choices Along the Way

We all make lots of choices.  We choose what we will have for
dinner.  We choose who to include in our lives.  We choose our marital status.  Some choices are more significant that others.  Some choices require us to persist on a journey that may not be the easiest way.  Consider how we learn to do a new thing – walk, ride a bike, play golf.  Whatever the new thing is, most of us are not experts at the beginning.  We must practice.  We must keep trying.  We must decide if this is something we want to continue to try.  We continue to make a choice to persist in our endeavor.  With persistence, we gradually improve.  We grow confident.  We grow more certain of our conviction.  Our persistence is rewarded.

Elisha was persistent.  Elisha made choices to be a prophet.  First, he made a choice to go with Elijah.  Elisha was in the field with the oxen.  Elijah threw his mantle over Elisha.  Elisha could have just thrown off the mantle.  He could have rejected the calling, the anointing, that Elijah was giving him. Yet, he chooses to begin the journey with Elijah.  We don’t hear much about Elisha’s choices until the last journey with Elijah.  In 2 Kings 2:1-18, we see Elijah and Elisha on a journey.  Three times Elijah tells Elisha to wait.  Each time Elisha persists.  Elisha chooses to stay on the journey with Elijah.  He chooses to stay with Elijah.  He chooses to stay on the journey.
Are we choosing to stay on the journey that God has for us, or do we give up and go home?  When the journey requires more of us, do we give up or keep going?  Do we grow stronger in our conviction, or do we give up at the first sign of difficulty? God calls us to keep moving forward.  God calls us to do the work to which we have been called.  We will not be masters at serving at the beginning.  In fact, it may take our whole lives to learn how to be the person God has created us to be.  God doesn’t call us to be perfect disciples at the beginning of our discipleship.  God calls us to persist in our discipleship. Stay the course.

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