A Positive Choice

Written by Pastor Peggy Toussaint

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, not 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, not 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 abou t
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, not 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 and 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 scripture 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 scripture 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 I 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

Romans 8:11 (NIV) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

May every blessing of Easter be yours!

Easter Music from the Gaithers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spa7WkwjwGw&list=PL07mmHpCGExZO9eJ9yDXkx4UR3yS14a0l

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About Rhea Beaudry

I am a retired person who loves to find many ways to share the love of God with others. I love to blog; I also love gardening, photography, sewing, quilting, and crafts. My passion is to see people connected with each other and helping each other to grow and flourish.

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