Each Day I Choose

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Six months ago The NorEaster sent me a devotional.  He could feel the discouragement in my writings and understood the need for hopeful inspiration.  You all have been encouraged with these words from Max Lucado, thoughtfully sent from Nor, on days I can’t think of anything to say.  Thanks, Nor.  Love you.

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 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.

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 wife will not
question my love.  And my children will never fear
that their father will not come home.

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.
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.

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14 responses »

  1. Pingback: POEMS, POETS, RHYMES AND POETRY » Blog Archive » Each Day I Choose

  2. Lucado is an amazing writer, TVpoet. Any one of his books will lead you to the truth about Christianity. If you’re “working on it” you might enjoy other posts where I’ve more clearly spoken the gospel message. Sometimes the clearest teaching is in the exchange through the comments.

    https://considerjesus.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/how-great-the-fathers-love/#comments

    https://considerjesus.wordpress.com/2007/12/15/its-christmas/

    https://considerjesus.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/in-him-alone/

    It’s good to see you here. Brand new blog, huh? Looks like it will be an interesting read. 😉

  3. Michelle you have blessed me twice today. #1 over on Annie’s blog with your concise exposition on storytelling and #2 with this reminder of this beautiful piece by Lucado. Would it be too much to request a third blessing? Would you please pray for me today? I just feel like you would be the perfect person to lift me up before the Lord right now. Mostly I want to know that He is is in all that is happening right now. Thank you, three times over.

  4. Angie, I’m going to email, but wanted you to know, I’ve been blessed with this request. I desire so much to DO and you’ve let me Do for you and DaRonn, your family, your ministry, your adopted country, Bolivia. You’ve given me so much through the privilege of prayer for y’all.

    Thank you.

  5. Wow, Michelle. Talk about your divine appointments; I can feel it in my bones. I sent you an email too. You are storin’ up treasures in heaven, girl. Bless you! and thank you, again! 🙂

  6. Thanks for posting that. Seems like the kinda thing you want to keep handy and keep reminding yourself.

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