Choose Life

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threehearts2What a beautiful day to choose life!

Yes, it is true, we are all perishing, first due to the sin of Adam which has been passed down to all men as Romans 5:12 says,

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned–“

And yes, it is true, that some are perishing right this very moment from secondary issues such as war, disease, accidents and so much more.  But still God calls us to choose life.

How God?  How do we choose life, when we are perishing from this truth of sin that leads to death in every single one of us – how do we choose life?  How do we tell someone who is choosing death because of pain and confusion to choose life?  Your creation is suffering greatly Lord, we are hurting desperately.  How do we tell ourselves at this moment to choose life?  How do we give ourselves and those around us hope to live yet one more day?

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In the news there is a story of a young lady, 29 year old Brittany Maynard, who has a terminal brain cancer.  She has made it known publicly that she will be ending her life with a pill on November 1.  I cried for her as I read her story again this morning.  She is so young and beautiful.  Even as she is hurting and suffering she looks full of life.

Brittany is an only child and she loves her mother and hates to see her pain of watching her only child suffer so.  Brittany is married to a wonderful husband and she wants him to have the opportunity to be a father some day and have a happy life.

She hurts when people judge her and tell her she is making the wrong choice.  And really, how can any of us judge her?  I can’t.  I’m perishing just like she is.  I have a terminal illness too.  We all do.  Brittany is not the only one who has death and adversity set before her – we all do.  And like all of us, Brittany has a choice to choose life and prosperity as well – yes even with a terminal illness.  We all have this choice.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  -John 3:16

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As I sent up another prayer for Brittany this morning, a friend sent me a notice of a new message sent out from Brittany to all who are following her story.  She is not sure that November 1, 2014, will be the day of her death.  She says she is feeling good and joyful, and is still laughing with her family and friends and it doesn’t seem like the right time.

For today Brittany is choosing life and I am thankful to have more time to continue to pray for her; that she will find Jesus in the midst of her suffering and pain – It seems that often times this is where He can be seen most clearly. I pray she will see Him.

Constance

6 thoughts on “Choose Life

    • Hi Sweet Kathy,
      I miss you so much. I’m so glad we can talk again – I love you Darling!

      With Jesus’ Sweet Love your way,
      Con-

      P.S. Thank you for commenting – it means a lot to me 🙂

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  1. Great words and a great reminder. It’s easy to succumb to Brittany’s (and the world’s) way of thinking in situations like this. Always asking what God’s Word says about the situation – I appreciate your thoughts and also pray for Brittany. Thanks!

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  2. Sadly, she chose to end her life on Saturday even after saying she had decided to not do so. I think even in the midst of someone’s suffering regardless of their choices it brings discussion for others to draw closer to God by questioning their own mortality. I have seen a lot of people suffer through taking countless medications and medical procedures during illnesses and diseases that have prolonged their lives, but not really giving them quality of life… Just hanging on day by day… Hopefully it’s a way of working out their salvation with Christ by allowing more time to cry out to Him. What I do know is that God works all things for the good of those that love Him that are called according to His purpose and I believe He uses situations like this to reach people and to save their souls… Not necessarily the person this directly involves, although He could because none of us knows what goes on in a person’s heart in their last moments and He chooses whom He will have mercy on.
    I wish she had made a choice for life, but I also think there are probably a lot of people who quite possibly could be saved through the conversations that arise from discussions and soul searching of people who read about stories like this.

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  3. I was so sad to hear that Brittany gave up and decided to end her life. I feel that folks used her to fuel their agenda…their culture of death and then destroyed her by making her believe that ending her own life was the answer. I was reading posts from another site and came across this one between Derek D. and a lady named Jennifer. Derek replied to the praising of her death:

    “Jennifer, if she was never born again, and died in her sins, her suffering will not end in death. Euthanasia is glorified suicide…..We should not be praising people for it, and instead should have pity on the unbeliever who contemplates that it is their only way out. That good and just God that u speak of is the same God who in the person of Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. He took upon Himself the just punishment that we all rightfully deserve for our sins against God…..Have pity, not praise for suicide.”

    (Deep sigh…) every single one of us is marching towards death. It’s God who decides when we live and His decision as to when we die. When we as humans make these decisions we are playing God. Proverbs 16:25- 25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

    So sad that Brittany chose to end her life. It seemed right to her. I could only pray that in her last moments she cried out to God and He heard her prayer and had mercy. So glad that Jesus didn’t give up and was obedient unto death and suffered for us so we could have life eternal. He arose again on the third day a victor over death. In this life we will have trouble but there is still hope in Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him and choose life.

    Thank you for this blog. It is needed.

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