Choose Life

Daniel Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness, is constantly asked, “What is the secret to happiness?” He tells people to spend more time in their relationships, to worry less about material things, and to focus more on experiences. He says that after he responds, people still give him a quizzical look and ask, “But what is the secret?” Gilbert’s conclusion is “the secret of happiness is like the secret of dieting, there’s no secret.” (For more of Gilbert’s NPR interview, see

I think that if Moses had been asked what the secret is to a good life, he would have answered the same way. There is no secret. In Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Moses provides a brief description of living the good life in covenant with God. We are to love God, walk in God’s ways, and to hold God close by following God’s commandments. When we are in right relationship with God and each other, then we live full and meaningful lives, or what Jesus referred to as abundant life (John 10:10).

It’s not a secret and in verse 14, we read that this commandment is not difficult or unreachable. It is in our hearts, just waiting for us to do it. So what are we waiting for? Choose life!



Look here! Today I’ve set before you life and what’s good versus death and what’s wrong. If you obey the Lord your God’s commandments . . . by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments, . . . then you will live and thrive.      – Deuteronomy 30:15-16

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