It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chapter 7, Page 20, Book 13




I Choose


It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. 

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of the solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. 

For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so... 

I CHOOSE LOVE... 

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. 

I CHOOSE JOY... 

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. 

I CHOOSE PEACE... 

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live. 

I CHOOSE PATIENCE... 

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complaining that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage. 

I CHOOSE KINDNESS... 

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me. 

I CHOOSE GOODNESS... 

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness. 

I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS... 

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My family will not question my love. 

I CHOOSE GENTLENESS... 

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself. 

I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL... 

I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. 

LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL........ 

To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek God's face. And then when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Author Unknown


Specially blended to spread a little JOY…

He who has a why to live
can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There are some things in life that seem unbearable.  I've had them and I'm sure lots of others have too.  None of us leads a perfect life.  The thing is it seems that some people can't seem to get over their negative, critical attitude. Nothing ever pleases them. They know no joy, so they give no joy. 

I think that we all need to evaluate to some extent, our attitude in this area.  My attitude check always includes the question -- Do I make it a brighter, happier place because I am here? Will my smile send someone away with a little sunshine in their lives? It ought to.  Our attitude reflects the choices we make.

I need to remember to avoid being pessimistic and try to see the good in the world.  Because I've experienced a lot of joy in my life, it's up to me to spread a little joy!

It's raining here this morning, I think this heat wave may soon be a thing of the past!

Joy is a gift that is meant to be given away.

5 comments:

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Words of wisdom as always! We can't always choose our circumstances but we can choose our attitude. Happy Saturday :)

Scrappy quilter said...

I love this "I choose". John Maxwell always asked himself this question at the end of a day "did he make someone else's life better that day". I totally agree we need to always be adjusting our attitude and putting other people ahead of ourselves each day. Great, great post!

jack69 said...

Oh how much better we all would be igf we followed the advice of your post today. What a grand world this would be, that is for sure. ((HUGS))

TARYTERRE said...

Love the quote by Friedrich Nietzsche. " He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."




Chatty Crone said...

Where did you learn all your smartness and do you write that every day - you are amazing. And I know you choose to do it. I think life is all about choice too - some days are easier to make good choices then others though I've found. sandie