New International Version (NIV)
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.
Almost each moment of every, day from the time we blink open our eyes, we are faced with decisions. Some take less thought and consideration than others. Some decisions, however, result in inner conflict. In this walk with Christ, choosing to remain faithful to our calling as a child of God is, many moments a walk in the park. Other moments it's a walk on a bed of fiery coals- it's so much easier to take the more comfortable road. Either way we must, each moment, choose life. We must purposely choose life. We must purposely choose his will, until our will is his. We must choose to walk in his character, allowing the production of the fruit of the Spirit in us, even at our most uncomfortable. Only then will we bear love, joy, peace, and self control, etc. Like natural fruit, it will be the natural product of a seed, cultivated with purposeful decision. As the old things are pruned away, it will get easier to choose righteousness over selfishness. Every moment of each day is an opportunity for fruit cultivation. Like Adam, we must do the job of tending to our spiritual garden. We all have a choice to nurture it or destroy it. The choice is yours to make: Choose righteousness.
Warmest thoughts and prayers, Chantel Dillard