“You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others.” James 2:9
Yesterday I took my friend to an ice cream shop for a Valentine treat. The place is known for their homemade ice cream. The guy behind the counter generously offered us samples before making a choice, but other than sampling the cornbread ice cream, I took my chance on bacon ice cream, strawberry, triple chocolate, and salted caramel. I thumbed my nose at the avocado, peanut butter chocolate, and others. We sat on the patio and tried to pretend like we were enjoying this overly priced homemade ice cream. In realty the flavors I chose did nothing to complement one another.
Life is about making choices and works well in retirement. I can get up at any time I choose, go out for the day or stay home in my PJ’s. I can eat breakfast at noon and popcorn for dinner. I can travel or stay home. Life is good. But like ice cream, making too many varied choices of activities in one day can make for an exhausted evening and a sense that I didn’t enjoy any of it as much as I would have doing one great adventure or outing. And, if I had chosen chocolate, my favorite ice cream, I would have been more pleased.
Dear Lord, help me remember to choose to spend time with you each day. Amen.