"And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free."
This verse seems a little depressing at first glance, and I definitely think there is a huge warning there, but I also think that the whole idea behind it is fabulous. We're free. What a gift that is. God, who has the ability to control and force every aspect of our lives, doesn't. He allows us to make choices, and to become who we want to be. He believes in this gift so much that everything is built around it. And his goal is that we'll learn to have joy... through making choices, choosing good... becoming more than we could ever be without that. Yeah, we can choose to perish and do iniquity. Might want to avoid that... but we can also choose life and goodness and service and love... all the things that lead to real, lasting happiness. And we can get God's help in doing so... but that requires another choice. We have to choose to go to him and ask. :) Today, let's remember that we are making choices every day that determine who we are, and what we become. Not choosing is also a choice... can't run away from free agency. :) Let's avoid inflicting that iniquity and perishing stuff on ourselves, and choose better than that. We can choose paths that lead to happiness, and not ones that lead to misery. Let's do it.