Most kids love them, a lot of adults do too ……….. Oreo cookies. You may remember the TV commercial, “Cause a kid’l eat the middle of an Oreo first, and save the chocolate cookie outside for last!” I was definitely that kid. I would twist them apart, scrape the sweet filling off the cookie with my teeth, then eat the outer part last. Typical I’m sure.
The “Oreo Biscuit” was first developed and produced by the National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) in 1912 at its Chelsea, Manhattan factory in the current-day Chelsea Market complex, located on Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. Today, this same block of Ninth Avenue is known as “Oreo Way.”
Wikipedia – Oreo Cookies
Oreos don’t have to be your favorite cookie; there are many choices: chocolate chip, vanilla, peanut butter, macadamia, oatmeal raisin ….. The options are endless. It causes a little bit of a dilemma when there are so many varieties…… you want them all. Well, at least I want them all ………
Every day you’re given innumerable options. What to eat for breakfast, what clothes to wear, whether to read or watch TV. You’re also given the opportunity to choose how you will live. You can choose to live for God or for yourself.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – NIV
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
To everyone is given breath,
From everyone it will be taken away.
What is in-between is life.
Moses warned the Israelites about their choices; he pleaded with them to “choose life.” His meaning was very simple, God is the giver of life. He gave you breath and he can take it away. If you choose to ignore his words, your life will not go well. When you don’t have the positive influence of God’s Spirit, it is easy to make poor decisions. Those poor decisions can have lasting consequences.
But the verse is not all negative; it includes some encouraging possibilities as well. If we hold fast to God, if we listen to his voice, if we love the Lord, then he will give blessings and many years in the promised land.
Every life begins with a baby’s gasp for breath and ends in the final exhale of death. What is in-between is your life, filled with a myriad of decisions. Your choices create a kaleidoscope of people and places that make up the story of who you are. It is a story that is uniquely you. Not all choices are between right or wrong; many are between right and another right. Still, every choice leads in a certain direction and that direction can be impacted by one simple word or deed.
So choose wisely ……
Today with my mug raised high, I pray that as you make your choices, you will consider the words of Moses and choose life.