Three men face choices in today's story from the life of King David. If we learn nothing else we have to accept that our choices impact our lives and define our legacy.
David wants to to build a Temple for God, a permanent dwelling place for his glory. Great idea? Everyone thinks so, everyone that is except God. God says no to David's plans not because David has sinned or because he's unworthy. It's a great idea emanating from sound and pure motives but God simply says its not part of my plan for you. How does David cope with a knock back like that?
Are you free in your worship? David finds out that true freedom comes when we are completely obedient. To be a man after God's heart David discovers you have to care about the things God cares about, even in the smallest of details!
What do you want people to say about you once you are gone, what will your epitaph be? King Saul sums up his life in five words - I have played the fool! - tragically it needn't have been this way but Saul chose compromise and disobedience.