Who Wouldn’t Choose Life?


This would be almost funny to me if it weren’t true. I read in the news this week that this proposed “choose life” themed license plate was ruled unconstitutional in North Carolina because “the state doesn’t currently offer an alternative for those who may disagree with supporting life”. That’s right, there must be a countering license plate made available for those with an opposing viewpoint. I get it, separation of church and state and all that. States can’t impose or endorse ‘morality’ on a license plate. North Carolina does offer, however,  license plates supporting sea turtles, shag dancing, and the NRA – so there’s that.

This license plate debacle got me thinking – not about pro-life, pro-choice or politics – but about what it means to choose life. Biblically speaking, that is. God desires that we choose life and blessing. It’s laid out clearly by Moses, as he stands with the people on the verge of their long-awaited promised land:

“So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them (Dt. 30:19-20).”
Funny that you would need to tell a group of living, breathing people to “choose life.” Strange to think that people would consciously NOT choose life for themselves. Israel did it and so do we. How many times did they experience God’s saving mercies only to go right back to complaining and worshipping false idols? A lot. How many times do we walk away from God’s very best for us and choose something far less satisfying? A lot.
What does God mean when He tells us to “choose life”?
  • He tells us, “give attention to My words, incline your ear to My sayings… for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:21-22). 
  •  Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is “living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword” (4:6).
  • John 6:63 explains that the words He speaks to us are “spirit and they are life“.

We choose life by choosing to be in God’s Word. We choose blessing over cursing. Life over death. It’s not a guarantee that we will be swimming in blessings all the time, but it IS a guarantee that we will be transformed more and more into who He has created us to be. We find peace in the middle of chaos. Joy in spite of frustration. Clarity in the midst of confusing circumstances.

We can’t limit the huge amount of choices we are faced with every day. I’d love it if my kids were presented with only good things to choose from, but that’s unrealistic and unbiblical.  I pray instead that when faced with both good and bad, they choose the best by choosing life. Jesus doesn’t force us into anything. He stands patiently before us ready to guide us into our best life. It’s our choice.

God put a big exclamation mark on the Deuteronomy verses for me a few years ago when, after studying about choosing life and blessing, I walked off a plane into a jetway filled with these signs:


Over and over, down the entire walkway it repeated “blessing/curse”… seriously. To this day I have no idea if it was an advertisement or just posters. I do know it was a fantastically great way for God to get the message across to me.
The world around us more often than not continues to choose anything but life. Sadly, our culture kind of embraces death and the curse. You may not be able to “choose life” on your license plate… but no one can ever keep you from choosing life in your heart. Embrace the Word, choose life, live in the freedom granted to you by Christ and see what happens!

2 thoughts on “Who Wouldn’t Choose Life?

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  1. Well written, thanks for sharing! I am thankful that God led me to your thoughtful blog today and I look forward to exploring! God Bless!

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