Lot’s Choices

Aug 13 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

   By Carolyn Hittenberger                          

I chose the fertile valley, assured of increased wealth.

It faced the evil cities where Satan’s servants dwelt.

“I’ll not go there, except to trade. I can still stay kosher.”

After several years passed by, we moved a little closer.



The children needed social life, just a little fun.

Sodom’s culture, music, drama, tempted us-and won.

People there seemed glad we came.  We joined every club.  

It made good business sense to be right there in the hub.


They even asked me to become an elder in the town.

 I felt it was an honor.  How could I turn them down?

Sitting with the city leaders, I began to see

Sodom’s sinful lifestyle was not God’s will for me.  


 My wife, however, loved it.  She had become well known.

 Our children had grown up there; my, how time had flown.

Though I struggled daily, grieved by all I saw,

 I knew my family wouldn’t leave.  Too late I saw my flaw.  


The choice I’d made so long ago, through foolish, selfish eyes,

Led me on a downward path.  I didn’t realize

The price I’d pay would far outweigh my hollow fame.

 I lost my wife, debased my daughters; I bow low in shame.  


Every choice leads to the next, directing us somewhere.

Taking with us to that place, those for whom we care.

God holds the future in His Hand.  He knows every minute.

He wants to give us wisdom as we make our choices in it.

Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.

3 responses so far

  • Dr. Mary Logan says:

    Thanks, Carolyn, for your creativity! Truly, the decisions a person makes affects not only himself or herself. The decisions also affect others.

    Your blog reminds me of a poem that Sister Hibbard used to quote on the Gospel Lighthouse Church’s radio program. She and her husband pastored this church for many years.

    The poem made such an impact on me during my early childhood that I memorized it. Here is an internet link, if you would like to read it: THE CIGARETTE SPEAKS http://www.newtestamentchurch.org/OPA/Articles/…/OPA19440203.htm

    Just copy and paste this link into your browser. Then search.

  • Alver Rance says:

    That is a well written, powerful challenge, Carolyn! Thanks!