As our Very Spidey Geekmas continues, Celeste takes a look at the paths of Norman Osborn and Peter Parker as presented in Spiderman 2002. The paths each man took were of their own choice, but the affect of those paths touch everyone. How do your decisions affect others?

Written Devotional

Today we are talking about 2002’s Spiderman. I feel like everyone has seen this one, but I may be wrong. It tells the origin of Spiderman, and the final epic words of Peter’s Uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We’ve seen this story multiple times in various media such as comics, cartoons, and video games. Today, we are talking about a part of that; honestly, I haven’t seen it brought up overly often.

The part of the story that’s not talked about frequently is choice. Peter has a choice to be the kind of man Ben would be proud of or not. When he allows the criminal to escape, I’d say that Ben would have been displeased by Peter’s choice. But, on the other hand, when Peter decided to become a hero, I’d say he would be happy with his choice. Honestly, this whole movie is Full of examples of choices and how they affect you and others, from Osborn to Harry, MJ, and even Aunt May.

In Joshua 24:14-15, it says this:

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:14‭-‬15 ESV

As Christians, we are daily, sometimes hourly, are given the option to choose whom we will serve. To decide what type of Christian we will be. Will we be someone who is argumentative and angry all the time? Someone who swings from one extreme or another? Or will we choose to be the steady ones? The ones that repeatedly decide to say, “I will follow God,” even when it’s not convenient. Joshua decided that his family would serve the Lord. Still, even though he made a promise to do everything in his power to ensure his family would live a godly life, he couldn’t guarantee his extended family would serve the Lord. See, that’s the beautiful thing about God and the gift of Salvation, as well as all the abundance and righteousness that comes with it. We choose to follow God. We can also choose not to follow him. While there will be results for either action, we still have the ability to choose. And this even goes further than the choice of Salvation. Every day, I choose to serve God and be different from my past and my past family. I choose not to fall into the traps they did. I choose to be aware and purposefully live a righteous life. Sometimes it’s a minute-by-minute choice. But it’s still my choice.

So, who this day do you choose to serve?