We all like choices. The freedom to choose is why catalogs are sent in the mail, why houses are painted different colors, why politicians beg for votes, and why kids hate dress codes. The freedom to choose is very important to us. We would feel a violation of liberty if we did not have the freedom to choose—even the ability to make poor decisions!
If your year was like mine, there were days or times that seemed like the hardship would never end—weeks that would accumulate expensive dental bills, bad news from the doctor, friends that were too busy to lend a hand, snow plows that imprisoned my driveway as soon as I was done clearing it—again. On the other hand, there were days full of sunshine and fishing, laughter in my family, appreciation for my ministry expressed by my congregation, low gas prices, and good news from investments.