Deuteronomy 30:19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

This verse hit me, and hit me hard. God gives us a choice and we’re the ones responsible for the decisions we make. We aren’t to blame sin, blame our friends, our family, our past…we are who God’s looking at for our actions. Sometimes, it’s easier for me to choose one of the “wonderful” options above instead of acknowledging that I’m the one at fault.

The next part also blew me away. God is calling an audience to our lives. I can imagine all of the angels in heaven tossing up popcorn into their mouths as they wait in anticipation, “Will she make the right choice?” Sitting on the edge of their seats, they hope for the best.

The last part of the verse shows me that my actions not only affect me, but my kids and their kids. If I make a choice today to exercise and take care of my health, when I’m old and senile I’ll at least be able to spend time with my grandchildren. Today’s abundant choices between cupcakes and carrots can create lifelong habits that may or may not kill me. The “little” things add up. My choice to have a healthy support of people who love me will prolong my life in itself. They say that if you continue learning throughout life and have people to talk to, your lifespan and quality of it will increase significantly.

So I guess, what I got from today’s verse is that I need to be a positive role model for others, take accountability for my actions, think things through before I do them, and know that God’s cheering me on to do my best! Today affects tomorrow, and it’s up to me to choose: will I serve God today, or myself?