“Because I Can”

What makes you do the things you do?  Especially when you know ahead of time it is wrong?  It is one little letter.  The letter “I”.  You see because God gave us “free will” we get to choose which direction to go when we are faced with doing right or doing wrong.  It’s kind of sad, but just one little letter can make the difference between a life you “run” to a life that you “ruin”.

When “I” do what “I” want to do it can often lead to wrong.  This happens because we are basically selfish, and want to satisfy ourselves rather than God. “I” can hurt people. “I” can destroy relationships. “I” can take from others. “I” can put anything in place of God. “I” can verbally tell someone just what “I” think.  “I” can lust after what my neighbor has. “I” can even kill.

The truth is God gave us a better way to live, not to enslave us, but to set us free.  Jesus said that He came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly. (John 10:10b) Abundant life?  You mean it can be better than this? “Yes!”  You accept Christ and live the way He instructs and your life will be different.  Even a life that is in “ruin” because of “I” getting everything it wanted.  Accepting Christ is not winning the lottery, but you will face life with richness.  When you live in God’s peace you begin to learn contentment.  Peace and contentment combined puts “I” in its place. When “i” yields to God it becomes little.  When “i” becomes little and yields to what is right one is more likely to do the right thing.  Doing the right thing always makes for a better life.

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