If it was in our power to choose I think most of us would choose for life to be pain-free, stress-free and worry-free. And most of us we would probably add an addendum that perpetual sunshine would make for a pretty perfect life.
I think God knows best and in His wisdom, He knows that a life without challenges would not only be boring but would not be good for the soul. It is the dark nights that make the sunrise of a new day so exceptional. It is the challenge of fighting for something worth fighting that makes the gift of receiving so priceless. It is our pain that makes us realise what a precious gift our health is. It is a loss that makes us treasure what we have and engage each moment to the full.
I do believe that we have the power to make choices to navigate our lives in a successful way. And I think that there are a number of choices we can make on a daily basis that will ultimately mark our lives successful.
1. Choose a good attitude every day: Most mornings we wake up to a number of challenges. These challenges can be varied and at times overwhelming. Sometimes they are health-related or finance related or relational challenges. Whatever the issue we can make choices and we can choose our attitude in every situation. That is actually an extremely powerful truth. You can choose to face the day with bitterness or sweetness. You can choose to respond in a loving and gracious way or an angry way. The choice is entirely yours, it is totally in your power to choose your attitude. So why not choose a gracious, loving and forgiving response to whatever challenge you face today. I can assure you that life will be easier today if you choose the right attitude. Viktor Frankl said it this way: 'The last of the human freedoms is man's right to choose his attitude in every situation'.
2. Choose a happy heart every day: I know that some might think that happiness is not in our sphere of control but it actually is. You can choose to see the bucket half full or half empty. You can choose to focus on the dreary grey sky and the rain or the birds singing and the earth dripping with moisture. It really is a choice. You can jump out of bed knowing that you have another day to live and engage life with all of its challenges or you can choose despair and give in to the challenges you are facing with a defeatist heart. The book of Proverbs says it this way: 'A merry heart does good like a medicine, a broken spirit drieth up the bones, but a merry heart is a joy unto the Lord'.
3. Choose a gracious spirit every day: When situations confront us we can choose to respond graciously or harshly, it is our choice. When people are rude to you then you can make a choice to respond in kind or in the opposite spirit. I can assure you that if your respond graciously your day will be different and perhaps the other person's day will also change.
4. Choose to guard your mind every day: This is the big one. I know how hard I have to work at guarding my heart and my mind. There are some places I will never allow my mind to go not even for a minute. When thoughts that are unwholesome pop unexpectedly into my mind I immediately deal with those thoughts. I have found that if I linger even for a short while on a negative or unwholesome or unkind thought I very quickly get my spirit embroiled in ugliness and sin. My friend, we are the guardians of our hearts and our minds. Noone can do the guarding of your or my heart only each individual is responsible for their thoughts. If your thoughts are wholesome then your words and actions will follow. Choose good wholesome thoughts and I can guarantee that your day will be easier and richer.
Simple choices can make a lot of difference in your day. Choose wisely today and have a truly blessed day.
I am and always will be
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,