We are called to make responsible choices within the circumstances of our lives that contribute to the purposes of God.
“Let There Be Peace on Earth” CCS 307
Read Ephim Brudsky’s article “Responsible Choices ” in the Enduring Principles series. Ephim, a Community of Christ ministry coordinator in Ukraine, discusses several choices which occur in relationships, including the story of two young people in a congregation, and Ephim’s own relationship with his father. For further reflection, use the discussion questions that follow the article.
The Ripple Effect
Doctrine and Covenants 163: 4c
“We Are the Ones the World Awaits” CCS 305
God gives humans the ability to make choices. Pick up a stone and hold it in the palm of your hand. Feel its size and shape. Feel how time has left its mark on the stone. Think about how long this stone has been on Earth. Drop it into a container of water. Watch the ripples it makes. The falling stone causes a reaction in the water. How long does it take until the water is still again? What ripples have your choices made in your life, the lives of others, and the world? The ripples of your actions go on and on. Your choices contribute to good or evil in our lives and in the world.
Look around your community to see what opportunities are available for you to share your skills, gifts, time and energy. Ask about volunteer agencies, school programs, and local service organizations, and your Community of Christ congregation. Seek guidance from a parent or family member as you decide how you will contribute. Invite others to join with you.