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FOCUS DAY 21:

Small Choices are Big

 

HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 21: “Every Choice Counts."

KEY: F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.]

 

F “Christmas is about choices! Think of all the choices that were part of our Christmas story.”

J “We made a big choice to come to earth.”

S “I see what the Father is saying. We chose to bring hope of a new relationship with us, but others made choices too. We had already sent kings, prophets, and priests to reveal our love, but we needed a fresh start. So many others helped us make it happen.”

FJohn put it well when he said about me, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…’”

J “Yes, and ordinary people’s choices were part of that something big – my birth at Christmas.”

S “Zacharias chose to name his son John, like we asked him to do. Mary obeyed, and named me Jesus. They may have seemed small, but were important choices.”

FThe shepherds listened to our angels and came to us at Bethlehem. They chose to follow our lead.”

J “The wise men followed our star and also our directions.”

S “Joseph honored Mary - again, a small, yet big choice.”

FSeemingly small choices made, when no one is looking, are often the biggest choices people make in their lives.”

J “Godly choices build character, setting the patterns for larger choices. That suggests every choice is important.”

S “Every choice, no matter how small, either moves a person toward freedom from sin or toward bondage.”

FEach choice moves a person closer or farther from knowing us and our love. Choices impact relationships. A choice in one love-image affects the other love-images.”

J “I agree. Every choice needs to be guided by the TRUTHS in our Word, and that can be hard at times.”

S “Like gifts, it’s not the size of the choice that counts.”

FI am trying to say that Christmas is a time to remember that every choice, no matter how common, is part of a person’s larger life story and legacy. Each one matters.”

J “We have given our Words as the lenses by which they can evaluate the TRUTH about their choices. John wrote, ‘But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.’”

S “Yes, our inspired Word is the best guide to good choices, big or little. It shines light on TRUTH and wisdom. As our Spirit, I speak to their hearts to confirm those choices.”

FMaybe it’s time to look more closely at my Christmas gift of e forgiveness. I love to share about redemption.”

J “And my Christmas gift of freedom.”

S “And mine of e fulfillment. Three small choices that can lead to big things and a great life story.”

F J S “Let’s do it!”

 

1 John 1:7, John 3:16; “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7  

 

MY CHOICE DAY 21:

I will look at the TRUTH of my choices.

 

DAY 21 ACTIVITY:

OPTIONAL: TAKE THE “SMALL CHOICES” CHALLENGE/DISCUSSION

Just as the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts, when it comes to each person, their life’s story is more than the sum of all decisions when they use the Word to guide them. 1) Make your own “Small Choices” object lesson. EXAMPLES: Bake some bread and leave out one ingredient, like yeast, flower, or sugar. Or, remove one small bulb on a string of series lights and then pretend you chose not to get extra bulbs earlier. Or, explain how does brushing teeth seem small until you have to pull a tooth in pain? These are just a few, but you will have better ones. See if everyone can think of one. 2) Have a family discussion: Read Matthew 25 about the 10 virgins and apply it to “small choices that can make us ready for life” – like having spare bulbs or extra sugar on hand. Note how your family’s object lesson(s) apply(ies). Remind each other that small choices, like saying thank-you, or talking nicely, or forgiving, etc. often show more love than big gifts.

 

 

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