Pastor Tony Bohrer: What will you choose?

— As I started preparing to write this article, I wanted to write something that could relate to the believer and the unbeliever. This is why I chose to talk about life.

If you have lived for any amount of time at all, you know that life at times can be difficult.

Life can throw us curve balls once in a while.

Have you ever felt that one day you are on top of the mountain and then the next in the lowest valley?

We all have been on the roller coaster of life - the good times and bad. Shedding tears of laughter and tears of sorrow.

From an early age, we learn there are consequences for everything we do - good and bad. For every action there is a reaction.

The Bible teaches us that you reap what you sow. If you sow good seeds, you are going to reap good harvest. If you sow bad seed, you are going to reap the consequences of that bad seed.

Everybody understands this concept, whether you go to church.

This is life.

I believe with my whole heart everything happens for a reason. The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust.

When bad things come your way, it is not because you deserve it or because you are a bad person. God had the confidence in you, and he knew that you could make it through. He will never put more on you than you can bear.

Even Jesus - God manifested in the flesh (John 1) - went through some tough times.

It wasn't because he deserved it or because he sowed bad seed. One example is that Jesus wasn't accepted in his own city as a prophet. He felt rejection even before the cross.

My wife and I are going through the lowest valley right now with the loss of our baby girl.

When you go through these things, you begin to ask "why?" Or, "why me?" The only conclusion is that God knew you could handle it. God doesn't make mistakes and what you are going through is going to make you bitter or better.

The Bible says he will never leave you or forsake you.

God wants to help you through these tough times.

I have tried to go through them alone, and I have come through. But, it is so much easier with God's help. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Don't let life make you bitter. Ask for help. It is our choice to become bitter or better.

I choose to trust God and become better. What are you going to choose?

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