We are defined by our choices, not our circumstances. By the choices we make and the choices we don’t make. By our action or our inaction. (King Abdullah of Jordan)

Many of us try to explain away some of our troubles by blaming them on the circumstances. If people only understood what we are going through, they would be less critical of our decisions and actions. King Abdullah makes it clear, however, that regardless of our current circumstances, we are responsible for actions that result from our choices.

Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)