13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 
15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.
First Lutheran – Concord CA
Observation: Sometimes when I have to choose between different choices in my life, I have a hard time looking beyond the downsides of each choice and what I’d be giving up with each option instead of seeing them as blessings and recognizing the gifts that come with each one.
Action: Today, I will stop this negative thinking and praise God for being the giver of all blessings. No matter what I decide, He will be with me. Having Him is enough, because He is greater than any temporal or material gift I will ever receive.
Father, thank You for choices, for decisions, and for all that you provide for us in this earthly life, and for your protection as we make our way toward the world that is to come. Give us your peace through Your spirit as we go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.