A Positive Choice

Psalms 16:11. “You show me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy.”

 
“There was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to
keep them . . ….”

 
Here is a mother who has fallen on hard times. A lot of people can relate
to this today. Her whole life is crashing around her. Perhaps, she had it
worse than any of us can imagine.  She was going to have to give up her
children because she did not have enough money to keep them.

 
“She sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a
man with a bundle of straw, and said to him: ‘Please, man, give me that
straw to build me a house.’ Which the man did, and the little pig built a
house with it. Presently came along a wolf . . .”

 
There is an ancient saying: “The wolf is at the door.” This means that
some type of a bad situation has come to your household.

 
“ and the wolf knocked at the door, and said: ‘Little
pig, little pig, let me come in.’

 
“To which the pig answered: ‘No, no, by the hair of my chinny chin chin.’
“The wolf then answered to that: ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll
blow your house in.’ So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew his house
in, and ate up the little pig.

 
“The second little pig met a man with a bundle of sticks and said:
‘Please, man, give me the sticks to build a house.’ Which the man did, and
the pig built his house.

 

Then along came the wolf, and said: ‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.The little pig said, ‘No, no, by the hair of my chinny chin chin.’

 
“Then the wolf said, ‘Then I’ll puff, and I’ll huff, and I’ll blow your
house in.’ So he huffed, and he puffed, and he puffed, and he huffed, and
at last he blew the house down, and he ate up the little pig.

 
“The third little pig met a man with a load of bricks, [pondered a bit
before he made his choice] and said, ‘Please, man, give me those bricks to
build a house with . . .’”

 
What kind of choices are we going to make to build our lives? We are given the
power by God to build a house out of straw, sticks, or bricks.

 
It’s our choice how easy, or difficult we make our lives. We can use the
same God-given power to make our lives seem easy, but sometimes it takes
us a little longer to build our houses, as the Bible says, on a firm foundation
that will stand throughout time.

 
“The Three Little Pigs” is a story – not about building a house – but about
making soul choices. We need to realize that we can have bricks – we don’t
have to settle for straw or sticks – but IT IS OUR CHOICE.

 
We can get instant gratification in life and take the first thing that
comes along, or we can take a little longer period of time and make the
right choices that in the end will make our life a lot easier.

 
“So the man gave him the bricks, and he built his house with them. So the
wolf came, as he did to the other pigs, and said: ‘Little pig, little pig,
let me come in.’

 
“The pig says, ‘No, no, by the hair on my chinny chin chin.’

 
“The wolf said, ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house
in.’

 
“Well, he huffed, and he puffed, but he could not get the house down. When
he found that he could not, with all his huffing and puffing, blow the
house down, he thought he would outsmart the pig and said: ‘Little pig, I
know where there is a nice field of turnips.’

 
“‘Where?’ said the little pig.

 
“‘Oh, in Mr. Smith’s farm, and if you will be ready tomorrow morning I
will call for you, and we will go together, and get some for dinner.’”
“‘Very well,’ said the little pig. ‘I will be ready. What time do you mean
to go?” “Oh, at six o’clock,’ replied the wolf.

 
“Well, the little pig got up at five, and got the turnips before the wolf
came (which he did about six) who said: ‘Little pig, are you ready?’
“The little pig said, ‘Ready! I have been and come back again, and got a
nice potful for dinner.’ The little pig continued to outsmart the wolf, to
the undoing of the wolf.”

 
This could be a story of the economy today.

 
But, this story is about you. It is about how using your God-given power you
can outsmart the wolf that comes to your door. Many stories are written
about the wolf at the door (like “Little Red Riding Hood.”) The purpose of
these stories is to give you the idea that when the wolf comes to your
door, in whatever form it may, it is NOT the end. It’s another new
beginning for you; it’s a chance for you to have a second chance by having
the Holy Spirit guide through you. By going to God, and having God
inside of you clearly giving you the direction in which to go, you will be
able to get out of the maze in which you might find yourself. You have the
choice. You have the choice to build your life aright, in the precise way
in which a life will succeed.

 
“The Three Little Pigs” is a story from 1620. It was translated from
German to English at that date, and it was hundreds of years old then. It
is a story about people and life then, but it is also a story about people in life today.

 
Jesus says in Matthew 7:24-25: “Everyone then who hears these words of
mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house,
but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”

 
What does it mean to build your house on the rock? It means to have a firm
foundation for your life. It means to build your life every day in a
spiritual way, block by block, thought by thought.

 
Whenever the wolf comes to your door, or someone says something to you
that makes you so angry, turn within in prayer and go to God. That is what
builds your house and builds your life on the right foundation. It
spiritually empowers you in the moment, giving you the power to live your
life as you wish to live it.

 
[Continuing with Matthew 7:26-27]: “And everyone who hears these words of
mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his
house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew
and beat against that house, and it fell – and great was its fall!”

 
The way you build your house says everything about you.
False prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing may be the man on TV
who says, “Buy this item, and you will be happy. Just sign on the dotted
line, and your life will be better.” And you think, “If I had that, I
would really be happy.” That is not the case.

 
You never have to pay God for God’s gifts. God is always free, and
always available to you.

 
If you are the underdog, you have tried and tried to succeed, but you have
not. You may feel that you cannot turn things around yourself. You may
feel like there is nothing you can do to make your life better. That is
the time to go to God, and receive the spiritual gift of nourishment and
achievement.

 
Let me tell you a story about an underdog. It is about a fellow who felt he never
got any breaks.

 
This is a story about an underdog with a nose unlike normal noses of his
breed. Secondly, socially he is a misfit. Thirdly, he has a psychological
problem. But then came the foggy night. When the foggy night came, a break
came for Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer whose shiny nose was the way, shower
and light-bearer for Santa’s legendary team. He had the honor of guiding
Santa’s sleigh through the uncharted skyways of a murky Christmas Eve.
Many a touching fable has been told about animals and the unexpected
acclaim that came to them.

 
There are legends about a burro that was rejected for being too docile for
any good. He was pawned off on a man named Joseph and eventually bore upon
his somber back the mother of Jesus on her way to Bethlehem.

 
Look at Ephesians 2:19-22: “So then you are no longer
strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also
members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the
whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the
Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling
place for God.”

 
When you turn to God a new construction occurs within you – not just your
foundation, but also every cell of your body temple and every thought of
your mind. The Creator re-creates. Regeneration under the Divine blueprint
follows.

 
But much more is under-construction than your physical body temple. Your
entire life is being restructured and rebuilt totally and completely.

 
The mistake we make as humans is we say, “It’s too late for me. It’s NOT
too late for the young people, but it is for me. I have tried so many
times, and have failed.” This is exactly the second chance you need this
day – the second chance is a choice you make. God is a God of second chances,
and always offers additional chances to you to succeed, and become better than yesterday.

 
II Timothy 2:19-26: “God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this
inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who
calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.”
“In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also
of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse
themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils…”

 
I’m going to stop there for a moment. Think about this – You are the utensils. As you look at life, you know some of the people around you are the utensils of gold and
silver. You say, “What a life they lead! If only I could lead a life like
that, I would be complete!” But this is saying that all people who turn to
God spiritually, and pray to God to rebuild their lives, become special
utensils in the household of God.
. . . “dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every
good work.”

 
Who is the owner of the house? God. Now it says what you must do: “Shun
youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.”

 
This is saying that when you have the urge to do something that you know
is not right – you have the urge to build the house out of straw because it
is right here, but you know it will not last, and you know it’s not right for
you – don’t do it. Wait, instead, and build upon the firm foundation of God.

 
“. . . along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have
nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they
breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly
to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with
gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know
the truth…”

 
What an opportunity we have in life to experience choice! Turn
to God and know that the best is yet to be. We have that choice as a human
being.

 
Everyone is an underdog in some area or areas, but we don’t have to stay
that way.

 
We want our awareness of God to be new every time we pray. We want God to be fresh and alive; God is – if we allow God to be. But we have a responsibility when we are co-creating with God to make the right choices in our life journey – let’s each make those right choices, and we will have great success as we live with and through the Holy Spirit.

 
Let us pray:
Dear God, I realize that there is a power so close to me right now. I turn
to that power. I turn away from the wide spectrum in front of my eyes, and
I turn within in prayer to Your Divine power and authority. I am empowered
again, and new life is given to me.  I thank You for the ability to turn to You anew this day and have Your wonder work its spiritual power in me.
In Jesus Christ’s name we pray . . . Amen

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