See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. (Deut. 30:15)

“YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!” the little boy shouted as he stomped his feet.

I watched as his mother, clearly embarrassed, bent down to try to reason with her son.

“Come on, Jeremy. It will be fun to make new friends and learn new things.”

“No,” he wailed. “I don’t want to go to school.”

The first day of school can be traumatic for both children and their parents. Despite talking about the big day for weeks, when it finally arrives, excitement can turn to trepidation.

The same is often true of new experiences in our adult lives. The fear of whether we can handle our first job or the responsibilities of accepting a promotion or new position can make us want to turn and run. Or maybe it’s a leadership position we’ve been asked to fill in our church or community. Others are looking to us and expecting us to have the answers, but what if we feel clueless, inadequate, unprepared?

Daily we’re confronted with choices, some big and some so small they may seem like no-brainers. But every choice results in a consequence. And every choice will either draw us closer to the Lord or distance us from Him. We get to choose—to choose life and to know that He loves us, He is with us, and He is cheering us on.

Ask the Lord to help you make wise choices today.

Marlene Bagnull celebrated fifty-one years of marriage. She and Paul have three grown children and three grandchildren. She directs two Christian writers’ conferences.