While watching a movie entitled An Old Fashioned Christmas on the Hallmark Channel, I scribbled down an outstanding observation a character made about choosing a path in this world.

In this movie, which is based on a story set in the 1880’s by Louisa May Alcott, one young man took a house guest out to a pub and got him drunk. Later at the dinner table, with the entire family gathered around, his behavior was brought to light. The young instigator played the event off by saying, “It’s all part of becoming a man!” His mother profoundly said, “It depends on what kind of man one wishes to become.”

The lesson in this simple statement is powerful. What we become depends a lot upon the choices we make. As God told Cain in Gen. 4:7, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. Its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Cain didn’t amount to much, because he didn’t rule over his desire to sin. Like the young man in the movie, if we accept sin as a “rite of passage,” we are quite literally choosing sin, and a path that leads away from God and toward destruction.

If you want to become the kind of person God wants you to be, choose to “do well.” Refuse sin and live for Jesus!

Matt Clifton
McCrory, AR

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