Choose Life

by Joan Clayton

When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if He were to ask you some questions about your impending journey to earth?

With all the incredible technology that has been accomplished in just a few short years, and given that God gave man the intelligence to master such feats, is it not conceivable that God could show you your entire lifetime, from birth until death, on His giant computer? You would see all the pain, sadness, and injustices of your life, but you would also see the joys, the laughter, and the victories. You would see the hardships but you would see the successes, too.

What if God said you could choose to never be born. You would never experience the agony of a broken heart or the ecstasy of the oneness of love.

If your mission—God’s purpose for your life on earth—depended on bringing others to His Kingdom when you life journey was completed, would you go or stay, if you could choose? If you chose to stay, would you experience the heights of heaven? If you had never experienced pain, rejection, troubles, and sorrow, would you take heaven for granted? Would you be so used to it you might not appreciate it as you should?

I firmly believe there is a purpose for every person born on this earth. I also believe the highest form of selfishness and immaturity is “I wish I had never been born.”

To be given a chance at life is the highest form of love. The most amazing miracle occurs at birth. Everything about your personality was conceived in that microscopic cell of conception. Your talents, your total being, the color of your eyes and hair, your stature, your abilities...they were all there in that tiny little cell. Is that not miraculous?

Life is such a wondrous thing. It is an adventure and the best thing about it is, God helps His children to live life to the fullest.

It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time. In the movie, Jimmy Stewart’s superb acting depicts a man weighed down by many problems. He wished he had never been born. He gets his wish. He is permitted to see how his family and community would have been without his presence and influence. When the wish was reversed, his joy was overwhelming, because he was able to see the purpose of life...to lose oneself in love for others.

If the Lord were to give me a choice, I would enthusiastically exclaim: “Yes, Lord! I will go to earth. I will take the risk. I will love. I may not be loved in return, but I will risk rejection and I will risk pain, because it hurts to love. It is worth it, because I will also experience the indescribable joy and ecstasy of love.

“Though I will be a sinner—for we all have sinned—I will seek forgiveness. This is the reason You came...to forgive, to redeem, to save mankind.

“I will fight the fight. I will complete the journey. I will return to You a different person than I was before.”

So I thank You, Lord, for my time to live. Thank You for my chance to try to make the world a better place. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!<![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>

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