**Title: Choosing Life: Understanding the Power of God’s Word**
In this video, we delve into the profound message of choosing life and the impact it has on our existence. Drawing inspiration from the Bible, we explore the meaning behind this divine commandment and its relevance in today’s challenging world. Whether you’re facing depression, burnout, or contemplating life’s choices, this video offers insight and encouragement to make conscious decisions that bring abundant blessings. Join us as we uncover the transformative power of selecting life and discover the incredible potential that lies within you.
Hello, today I want to talk to you about life. Specifically, I want to discuss the God of life and why it’s vital that you choose life. This video is titled “Choosing Life” because I want you to understand the importance of this decision. Whether your life is going smoothly or you’re facing challenges, this message is for you. It is especially relevant for those who are experiencing depression, burnout, or uncertainty. Together, let’s examine where this commandment can be found in the Bible and what it truly means. In Deuteronomy 30:18, it says, “I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” This powerful statement, given in a specific context, resonates with the theme of choosing life in our lives today. It serves as a reminder that God has saved us through baptism and that we have the capacity to make conscious choices. But what does choosing life truly signify? Let’s explore this together.
Before we continue, it’s important to note that in verse 14, it states, “But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it.” This suggests that the explanation is already within you – a beautiful realization. Choosing life is not a mere concept to ponder; it is a lived experience that can overflow and manifest to others. It resides within you, and as a living being, God empowers you to comprehend its profound meaning. When Jesus spoke of life, He referred to eternal life, which is synonymous with a living God. For instance, in 1 Timothy 4:8, it says, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” This might be a revelation to you – a deeper understanding of why you continue to fight and persevere. It goes beyond mere existence; it’s the hope anchored within your heart and mind. Choosing life requires awareness of what is already inherent within you – an awareness that will enable you to have confidence in the midst of challenges.
Now, let’s address the question of where your hope lies. We often encounter people who, amid their difficulties, claim they did not choose this life. Some even go as far as disregarding thoughts of an afterlife because their current circumstances are overwhelming. They equate their existence to a living death – a life that is endured rather than embraced. Depression, for example, is a circumstance that can make one feel imprisoned within their own body. I vividly remember my dear mother expressing her sense of being trapped in the prison of her own mind during her battle with depression. Perhaps this resonates with you. Living life as an ordeal, where you’re constantly subjected to the trials and tribulations, is an exhausting experience.
I want to share a personal testimony to illustrate the power of healing. During a retreat, I experienced a healing encounter that brought me back to my time in my mother’s womb. I was three months old, and I questioned my purpose for being there. My dear mother was not ready to embrace life fully, and this realization left me perplexed. This moment was significant because it is in moments of healing that the divine physician, the Holy Spirit, unveils our wounds to ultimately restore us. It prompted me to ask the same question that others have pondered: Why am I here? As a Franciscan, I responded to the call of Jesus to Francis of Assisi, and I now serve in my church, bringing life to all who seek it. Each person must find their own answer. Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s words, I’ve come to understand that our purpose is to transmit the civilization of love. This purpose gives meaning to our lives and helps us comprehend the significance of those challenges and setbacks we encounter.
There are individuals who have become disillusioned by the hardships in life – individuals who feel overwhelmed and no longer see any value in continuing. I vividly recall hosting an individual who had reached their breaking point. They no longer wished to endure the struggles of life, feeling burdened by the constant trials. However, life encompasses more than just burden; it includes moments of beautiful joy and triumph as well. Recognizing this truth is profoundly transformative. So, where do you place your hope? Discovering that you are here to live and transmit the civilization of love adds depth to the understanding of life’s purpose. By choosing to embrace life, you unlock its incredible potential.
Join us as we explore the power of choosing life and discover the extraordinary impact it can have on your existence. Together, we will gain insights and find the strength to overcome challenges and experience the fullness of life. Choose life, for it is an invitation to awaken your purpose and make a positive difference in the world.
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1. [Deuteronomy 30:18 – The Bible](https://www.bible.com/bible/59/DEU.30.18)
2. [1 Timothy 4:8 – The Bible](https://www.bible.com/bible/59/1TI.4.8)
Marie Saint Pierre