He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  Hebrews 11:25

       The second question Moses answered:  Am I going to take responsibility for how I actually live?

When he had grown up, he chose his Hebrew heritage, and then when it got costly, he still chose it. He took responsibility for his life by committing to stand by his choices.

     Remember when you were a child, and you did something because your friend did it, or because your friend told you to? Remember what your mother would say? “If they told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?” She was trying to teach you to think for yourself and take responsibility for your own actions. It’s one thing to say who you are; it’s another thing, when the rubber meets the road, to actually be that person. 

     There are many things in your life over which you have no control, but there is one thing over which you have absolute control:  your choices toward life and toward God.  Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) says:

In your life right now, who will you be? How will you respond? It’s your choice. You cannot choose all the circumstances that come into your life, but you can choose whether those things will make you a bitter person or a better person. It’s your responsibility. No one can ruin your life except you! When you assume responsibility for your life and your attitude, then you can start enjoying true peace of mind.

     Moses “chose to be mistreated.” He chose to follow God. The young doctors I met that work with Samaritans Purse in West Africa said that when they told their fellow students in medical school that they were doing their residency in a third-world country, they got all kinds of ridicule; they were told it was career suicide.

     Sometimes we choose not to make the “popular” decision. At school it might mean not being in the “cool” group if it means making fun of certain students—or we don’t join in the office talk because it’s degrading and disrespectful to certain groups of people, including off-color talk or gossip about people. It’s hard to make a decision that results in derision from others, but it is important to make a choice to take responsibility for how we will live our lives.

*Is there an area of your life that you have been letting others influence you that is against what you know you should do?

Good Shepherd, I surrender my life to You. You are the One I long to please. Help me when I get distracted and lured away by the voices of others. May I listen for Your voice and do what I know You would have me do, no matter how difficult. Give me wisdom and grace, Amen.

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