As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15, NRSV)
These words have kept coming back to me this past week. Joshua, now an old man, brings his people together to share these words with them. If you read the entire story, it is a story of Joshua recalling God’s faithfulness to his people. God had provided them with great leaders—Abraham, Moses, and others. He had led them out of Egypt. He had given them military victories. He had provided so many miracles to protect and care for them.
After this reminder of God’s faithfulness, Joshua challenges them to choose, to decide who they will follow.
These are the words that have kept returning to me this week and they are coming to me when I need them the most, for these past several weeks have left me saddened. I have never felt that another world war was so close to beginning. I have never been so disturbed by the words of many in the media, in the coffee shop, or even on my Facebook feed. I have never been so overwhelmed by the news. It was bad enough that it even led to my first bout of writer’s block. And then those words, once again, resonating in me:
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
A reminder. A reminder that I can’t control the world. All I can control is me. A great comfort and reminder of God’s faithfulness and a personal challenge.
So, as this New Year begins, I want these words to take over me. I want them to become a constant reminder as I make choices this year. I can choose to be kind. I can choose to provide hospitality. I can choose to work for justice. I can choose to be generous. I can set an example for my children. I can begin and end each day with God, seeking him for my life, and the life of my family. I can choose to serve the Lord.
by Colleen Wood