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

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Chapter 6, Page 1, Book 14


Choices


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.

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


Day 43 of 50:  Do what you love and excitement will follow.

It’s not always easy. But, doing what you love means that, each morning, you awaken with passion and excitement.  It means you’re finding hidden strengths you didn’t know you possessed. And, you’re equipped to get over obstacles and disappointments with grace.  When you follow what you love in life, challenges can be tough because the stakes are high.

One of the greatest powers we can demonstrate is the power of choice.  When facing difficulties or feeling rushed, we can take a moment to put the situation in perspective.  It’s our choice to choose a hopeful and positive attitude, which lifts our spirits and our minds above any worries or concerns.

To me Spring is like an adult Easter egg hunt, never quite knowing what we might see coming up and blooming next.

I believe that, at least to some degree, we can each exercise control over our outlook and attitudes. And the problem is that if we don't control our attitudes, they will surely control us. 

You can’t help but feel blessed when you look at your life through a window of gratitude.

Today I’m thankful for:

1721.  for prayer, it always works
1722.  for a coin or two in my pocket
1723. for Sundays that always renew my spirit and my soul


It's not about the things you have but the way you look at the things you have. 



3 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

This is a lovely poem. But my favorite part is the part about choice. This one quote really resonates with me. "When facing difficulties or feeling rushed, we can take a moment to put the situation in perspective. It’s our choice to choose a hopeful and positive attitude, which lifts our spirits and our minds above any worries or concerns."

betty said...

I liked that poem, Ma, featuring the fruit of the Spirit; that is a great way to live with choices made!

betty

jack69 said...

Love the prose of choice.
I like your take on and Easter Egg hunt (adult one) cute.


we know you choose joy and you like to spread it.

Love from here...