IT used to be so simple. There was only one gas company, one electricity company and one telephone company. The
IT used to be so simple. There was only one gas company, one electricity company and one telephone company. The only decision you had to make was “take it or leave it”.
Now I don’t know whether I am coming or going with so much choice around. I am certainly more confused. You tell me whether it would be cheaper to have gas from an electricity company or electricity from a gas company and I still haven’t a clue if I am getting the best for my telephone.
It is all very complicated now but then choice always is. Our family background is bound to affect the way we make our initial choices but, sooner or later, the choices we make must be our own responsibility. It is then that life becomes difficult.
The pressures on young people today are greater than they have been. From the word go they are faced with all sorts of choices.
From an early age they can influence their parents on which breakfast cereal to eat, which toy to buy etc., such is the power of advertising.
Peer pressure also forces young people to make choices they wouldn’t have dreamed of on their own. But, as adults, the choices must be ours.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has some straightforward and very demanding words to say about choices.
He has already hammered his audience with the knowledge that the thought is as bad as the deed.
He has rebuked them over their lack of faith and their judgmental attitude but before he ends he has a few well chosen words to say about the choices we make in life:
“Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way easy and this leads to destruction and those who enter by it are many.
Enter by the narrow gate and the way is hard, that leads to life and those who find it are few.”
Choosing whether to take the narrow or the wide gate isn’t, I believe, a once-and-for-all choice, it needs to be made daily. The wide gate will always be more immediately attractive.
Choices should bear in mind the long-term future rather than the short-term gains