Today, I Choose...

 
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“Meaningless! Meaningless! says the Teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless’” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Reading these powerful words might cause you to pause and reflect for the first time or remind you when you have uttered something similar before. Why, however, would a Christian devoted to the will of God ever say such a phrase? What would have to be missing in our lives to believe that the privilege of our next heartbeat was meaningless? To answer this, I looked in 1 Kings, where it all began. When God appeared to Solomon in a dream asking what he wanted following a recent sacrifice he made, Solomon chose wisdom. Solomon had God as we have the Spirit of God. He knew that the world had value, for God created the world and everything in it. His wisdom, the wisdom of God, revealed to him that our human efforts without God are meaningless. Solomon, more than any, knew we could not be satisfied without God. According to our worlds standard’s he had it all (worth over 2 trillion in today’s dollars, wisdom, and much more) and yet when he left God out, he had nothing.

Recently, I have been praying for guidance on when to bring back the Truth & Mindset Blog. The difficult decision to suspend the blog was the right one considering the demands I was facing at work. As I processed with God the timing, the topics, and the truth, I experienced the enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) I had thoughts on whether my writing was of value, did it matter, was it helping others to LOVE. LISTEN. LEAD and Pursue their Potential. God graciously responded a few weeks ago, when I received a letter from a dear friend, informing me she was retiring and that she wanted to thank me for my words of encouragement and the impact I have had on her over the years. Humbled, I knew this was God saying, “It is time.”

Liz may not know it, but her note inspired me to action. I am deeply blessed to have a friend like the wonderful Liz B, who brings her best forward each day. Her intentional choice to write and let me know the impact I had made on her confirmed my prayers. The last thing she shared with me in that letter was a short write up that inspired her for many years. Liz helped me move from lies to truth, and passivity to progress. I pray we never minimize the impact our intentional choice could make. If you feel God nudging you, trust that it is His Spirit calling you to Choose…


LOVE. . .

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

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.

PEACE…

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

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 complain 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.

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.

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.

FAITHFULNESS…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

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.

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. I choose self-control.

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 his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

From When God Whispers Your Name 
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1994) Max Lucado