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God’s Gift—Freedom of Choice

imagesGod gave Adam and Eve a wonderful gift. He told them how to use it. Still, they chose not to follow His directions. Do you know what the gift was? Here’s a hint:

In Genesis 2:16 (NLV), God tells Adam:

You are free to eat from any tree of the garden.”

A few sentences later, another hint:

“God made every animal of the field and every bird of the sky. He brought them to the man to find out what he would call them. And whatever the man called a living thing, that was its name.” (vs. 19–20)

1371397Freedom to Choose 
That was God’s gift to Adam and Eve in those first days of human history. It came with one rule: “Do not eat from the tree of learning of good and bad. For the day you eat from it you will die for sure.” (Genesis 2:17) Instead of obeying God, Adam and Eve decided to obey a conniving serpent. They chose bad over good.

God had given them a beautiful life on Earth, a life just shy of heaven. He wanted only good things for His humans. One of those was freedom of choice. God set Adam and Eve free to make every choice, including whether or not to obey Him. He also warned them that choosing wrong had consequences.

Today, Freedom of Choice remains one of our greatest gifts. It’s not provided by nations. It’s a gift given by God. Each of us has the right to choose between what pleases God and what displeases Him—And just like Adam and Eve, every one of us is guilty of making bad choices.


This leads to the issue of judging others. We might disagree with the choices others make, but too often we forget that God has given them the freedom to choose. We should react to an unsafe choice or a choice to harm someone, but in most circumstances when passing judgment on others we need to remember that their choices are between them and God.

Here are two questions to think about:

  • When judging the choices others make, do you support their freedom to choose?
  • Do you believe that supporting someone’s freedom to choose is the same as supporting his or her choices?


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How To Build Up Your Relationship With Your Dad

Dads like to fix things. Maybe your dad is or was the kid of father who wanted to fix whatever got broken in your life. Maybe he fixed things just right. Maybe he fixed things too much. Dads sometimes go overboard with their fixing, but they do it out of love.

Human dads make mistakes. There are things that they can’t fix — although some might be reluctant to admit it. Dads are not perfect. They are a dim reflection of God’s image, intended to be Godlike in character but without the Godly power to fix everything that needs fixing . . .

So, you might ask, “Where is God when things get broken?” The answer is:


Throw together all the broken stuff: the tragedy, crime, pain and suffering, the tattered relationships, and you have a pile of trash so big that no human father could ever knock it down to make something good.

Our Heavenly Father breaks down trash
and turns it into sweet, rich soil.

Compost (n.)—Things thrown away, beyond repair, dead and dying; the remnants of destruction broken down and made new; ashes to ashes; enrichment for the soil; food for roots buried deep below the surface; the source of new life.

We see God’s compost in what human fathers (mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins . . . ) CAN do.

We see God’s compost in forgiveness when forgiveness seems impossible, in hugs and gentle words when hearts seem broken beyond repair, in acts of kindness, selfless giving, hard work, rebuilding, and in the restoration of shredded relationships. We see God’s compost in the tincture of time and the drying of tears.


Maybe your dad isn’t or wasn’t all that you want him to be. Maybe he tries, or has tried, to fix things too much or not enough. Maybe your relationship with your dad is in shreds.

Love him anyway.

Honor your dad this Father’s Day by applying a thick layer of God’s compost to the soil of your relationship.

Repair what you can.
Then trust God to fix the rest.


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