Some say that life is just a set of circumstances: You can’t help what happens, just try to adapt and hope for better luck next time — which explains the greatest excuse of all time: I’m just a victim of circumstance.

The Bible teaches something different. Your life is not the result of random events, it’s the result of the choices you make.

Moses and Joshua both highlighted this simple truth.

choose for yourselves

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

Life consists of a series of choices. Success depends on your ability (and willingness) to make the same right choices again and again, day after day — at the dinner table, in conversations with families and friends, with your paycheck, in what you read or don’t read, when you’re online. These choices determine who you are and what your life becomes.

Every minute of every day we have the privilege of choice, to make life more rewarding or more disappointing.

What choices are you willing to make?

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” (Deuteronomy 30:19)