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Sunday, March 8, 2009

It is your choice

Happiness is not based solely on circumstances. Joy is not based on happiness. Love is more than a feeling. Life is more than being born.

We will never understand why people choose to do what they do. Since the very beginning of time, we have all been given a choice to do, to be, to say ... or not.

A choice to react, a choice to get even, a choice to be angry, a choice to be despondent, a choice to be upset, a choice to not forgive, a choice to forget, a choice to remember. All the choices in the world are yours and mine and every day we make new ones, dredge up old ones and or just choose to stay in the middle. Choosing to stay put, going nowhere.

One minute your choice may be for the Lord, because ultimately, IT IS about HIM.

But the next minute, someone says something or stops you in mid-sentence or interrupts you and you choose to wonder why you bother to even share your thoughts, your ideals, your plans for a different tomorrow.

Your choice when you stop and think how you might be able to help another see how the Lord is working in their life.

Your choice when you close your mind to one and reach toward another. Your choice when you've forgotten how your actions, your words might affect another.

Your choice to put your fears and hurts and pain and dissatisfaction with events in your life on a shelf and leave it there, never to remove.

Your choice to complain. Your choice to dwell on those things you put on that shelf.

Your choice to ignore those who forgot how to be human for even that one minute. You too have forgotten.

Your choice to remember God forgave you. Surely we could choose to forgive another, couldn't we?

"For God so loved the world He gave His only Son that whosoever believed on Him, would not perish, but would have eternal life." (John 3:16) His choice was to send His son to mankind to save them from their sins, to save us, you and me, from our sins.

Your choice. It is your choice. Always your choice. Whether one with Christ or one alone, all that unfolds is a choice. When you are one with Christ, God will cause all things that happen in the course of time to come together for our good.

Your choice, good or bad or indifferent.

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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6