The Bus Stop is a series of true stories about my life, people I've worked with and events I've experienced. Of course the names have been changed. I hope these stories will brighten your day with a few laughs as well as give you encouragement. Hopefully you can avoid making some of the mistakes I've made and if you have already made them, then you can identify with me.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Choice

Some of you may not be aware but starting June 1, 2009 they will be coming out with a new law. It’s called the “Family Law.” After June 1st divorce will no longer be legal in this country. If a couple even separates avoiding the family law, their children will be taken away and they will receive the death penalty. The law was introduced because divorce is getting out of control and the destruction of the family unit is causing national instability. Living together will no longer be an option as well because it will be viewed as a loophole avoiding marriage and will be treated as a marriage with the same divorce consequences.

One night stands are also a thing of the past and infidelity will be dealt with harshly. This is due to the outbreak of communicable diseases throughout our nation. Of course you cannot keep people apart, however if someone goes to the doctor for this type of problem they will be quarantined for life or receive the death penalty. Pornography will also be abolished from the internet as well as strip joints, adult book stores and theaters because of the destructiveness to the family unit as well.

What was your first initial reaction to this? How did it make you feel? What emotions did you experience? Did you feel anger, fear, panic, comfort, joy, frustration, mixed emotions, celebration, rebellion or resistance? Did you get angry at me for even writing this? Your first initial reaction or response to this will tell you a lot about yourself and where you stand on commitment and values.

There are so many today that get married with divorce in the back of their minds. “Well, if it doesn’t work out then I’ll just get divorced.” If that was the thought in their minds you can be assured divorce is imminent.

Assuming the law was true. How would it change your life? If we knew that divorce wasn’t an option how would it change our behavior? Would we try harder to have a good marriage knowing we are going to be with this person the rest of our life? Would we attend more classes or seminars to help us learn how to get along? Would we read more books on the subject? Would we work harder on our marriage? Would we be strive to make a wiser choice? Would this help young people to take a longer look at the person they were spending the rest of our life with? Would desperation be eliminated in choosing a mate? How many of you thought, “Yippy?” Finally someone is doing something about this problem.

Many times I have heard people say, “I didn’t have a choice.” Many times this isn’t true. We usually have a choice. What if someone had a gun to one of your children and said if you didn’t do as they asked they would die. Many would say they didn’t have a choice. This is not true. They chose to preserve the life of their child and to do as they were told. There are situations where we may not have a choice such as illness or death. The choice we have then is how we are going to deal with it.

I want to say this story at the first IS NOT TRUE! I made it up, but I did for a reason. This story was not to give anyone answers, but for you to evaluate yourself and not for me to evaluate you. What I think doesn’t matter. The only thought that matters is God’s. What does He have to say about such things? The bottom line, as always, is we have a choice to think whatever we want, but if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word there will be consequences attached to it.

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