Choices... they run our lives every day. According to multiple sources on the internet, the average person makes around 35,000 choices a day. What time to wake up, what to eat, what to wear, which kid to dress first, backing into a parking spot or driving in front first, to accept the call or to decline it. Each day we face choices and we must acknowledge the consequences of each and every choice.
Let’s discuss that call that we must decide to accept or decline. I’m talking about what God calls you to. A few months ago, my husband and I learned that we were pregnant with baby #3! Around two months ago, we learned that with 99% accuracy, our baby has Down Syndrome. We have met with countless doctors. All of them have advised us to terminate the pregnancy. Being the staunch, Pro-Life activists that we are, we declined (and sometimes lectured) each doctor that advised termination. It’s our choice and we choose life. I will be 20 weeks pregnant this week and the baby is kicking/punching/rolling more and more every day. My husband, my 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter love to feel the baby move! We will always choose life, despite the scary news and the uncertainty that will come with having a child who has Down Syndrome.
Up until this point I have been in denial and filled with fear of the unknown. I always tell my children that fear is the Devil’s greatest tool because it means that you have lost your trust in God. I have finally decided to take my own advice. Instead of fear, I choose love. Instead of sadness, I choose joy. Instead of despair, I choose trust. Instead of myself, I choose God.
Yes, choices do have consequences. We chose life for our children. We will be more than happy to welcome a joyful and loving child into this world who has Down Syndrome- that is, after all, what these children are known for; joy and love. Not all consequences are bad. Some consequences are the enlightenment that only the Holy Spirit can provide. This is a consequence that my family and I are are more than willing to accept.
God’s got this.
”Pray and do not lose heart.” -Luke 18:1