When Confronted with a ChoiceDan RodgersPsalm 119:30June 2, 2002
POEM: In Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken," he writes...
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
POEM: Again, in the little booklet, Bits and Pieces, we read...
There is a choice you have to make,
In everything you do.
And you must always keep in mind,
The choice you make makes you.
1. This morning I want to talk to you about choices. Robert Frost talked about choosing between two roads. The road ultimately chosen, in his words, "made all the difference." Then, in the last poem, the author underscores the significance of a choice when he concludes, "The choice you make, makes you."
2. That's true isn't it? Life is about choices... choices we make, choices others make...and I might add; the choices others make oftentimes affect us.
a. We need to remember that God only holds us accountable for our own choices. Yes, we may sometimes be affected by the choice of another...we may bare a burden because someone else has made a wrong decision, but when it comes down to it, our first concern is the choices we make in life: "The ...
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