As I got closer, I thought of my life and the daily decisions I make. Not harrowing, life changing decisions of ruling a country, commanding a fleet or defending freedom. But daily, as I travel this pilgrim pathway, I come to a fork in the road with the choices I make. I can either choose to respond in the flesh or in the Spirit. "For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6
Personally, I am faced with many choices daily without even stepping outside my home. My flesh might say, "Have cheese and chips," while the Spirit says "Are you really hungry for physical food?"; My flesh says, "Go ahead and post about all the fun stuff you've been doing," while the Spirit would say, "Your darlin' teen needs a button sewed on her coat." My flesh says, "Don't worry about exercise, your muscles will hurt anyway," and the Spirit prompts me to get moving because my body is His temple.
As a home school mother of two teenage daughters and a dear husband who works out of the home, I am presented with opportunities for the flesh or the Spirit with my family. God, in His goodness, gives me daily opportunities. How do I respond when a business call interrupts a family lunch? Ouch, this hurts. How do I respond when I don't understand Algebra 2 or how to conjugate a verb in Spanish 2? I have daily choices. Choices to make for following the desires of my flesh or following the lead of the Spirit of God.
The next area the Lord brought to my mind was others. Daily, I make decisions regarding others. When the Lord lays someone on my heart, do I follow through with a phone call or an e-mail, or do I allow the flesh to say, "Oh, you'll see her tomorrow." When a friend shares a prayer request do I take the time to ask her if we could agree in prayer on the matter right now or do I say, "I'll pray," and then forget? Do I love those I come in contact with like Jesus, or do I get impatient when the cashier can't locate a bar code and every line has 3 or more customers waiting? Will I choose to respond in the Spirit or the flesh?
Lord, daily I find myself at a fork in the road
Especially when tempers flare and I feel a goad
So many times, Lord, I just want to spout
In my flesh, God, I just want to shout
When "things" just don't go my way
When people that I love seem to upset "my" day
Oh, my flesh and it's selfish desires
Seem to have a life of their own that never expires
But Your Word Lord is Faithful and True
And at the forks, Lord, I'm believing You
Your promise says the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace
It's what I want; help me Lord, the flesh to release
Oh, I want Your life and Your peace
And fleshly desires to end and cease
Fill me Lord with the mind of Your Spirit
Let me hear You speak and Your Word, keep me near it
When presented with a fork in the road
Let my self expire and fill me with Spirit overload
I want You Lord in every way, every day
Help me dear Lord at each fork today. Amen.