Column: Choosing life


“I set before you life and death, choose life,” Deuteronomy 30:19

When you think back to the best graduation speeches you’ve ever heard, they usually included an expression of being the best of yourself, becoming a person of character and of using the opportunities that are offered to you. And when we think of how well we live out what we have heard, do those speeches inspire us, or are they just words?

I think the best speech I ever heard was delivered by a young man who immigrated to the United States from an African country several years ago. He shared some of the hardships he experienced in his home country and his desire to improve himself and provide a better future for his family. He came to America, found a job, a place to live and then he went to school to earn his master’s degree. And all that as he was also learning English as a second language.

Most of us have never faced such hardships and so we often take the opportunities of our lives as commonplace. We often take for granted the amazing gift of a public education, the chance to go on to college if we desire to do so and the expectation of a good life. And yet, how often do we make choices that hurt ourselves rather than open up those opportunities to be happy? Today, remember this passage from Scripture and make choices that bring you life.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works at Christian Heart Counseling, located at 275 3rd St. So. #303. She can be reached at 651-439-2059, ext. 718 or [email protected]