But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
(Joshua 24:15 NLT)

Choose who you will serve because you will serve someone or something. You can serve God. You can serve the gods of other people. You can even serve the gods of the other people who live down the street.

I feel like it’s easy to sometimes serve the gods of modern America: wealth, power, pleasure, ease, and laziness. I’ve seen how the rest of the world lives and no one compares to the extravagance of regular people like us. And our nation is sitting on top of other countries’ hard work for low wages and in terrible conditions.

What does serving God in America really mean? What should I be doing differently in order to be a servant of God? Going without something? Showing His love in more tangible ways to those in need? If the balance is so far off center, can each tiny act of kindness still make a difference? It has to. All we have is one choice, one action, one breath at a time.