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.
The above passage, one of the most beautiful and powerful passages ever written by a human hand, is from When God Whispers Your Name by one of the greatest authors of all time, Max Lucado. Mr. Lucado eloquently points out the importance of the choices we make.
The choices we make… daily…. hourly… define who we become. In the end, they “identify” us to everyone around us. We make the choice, and then the choice makes us.
No choice is so small that it shouldn’t warrant careful thought. Very careful thought. One of the reasons for this is that we are – and always have been – creatures of habit. In the morning, my husband or I, one, (depending on which climbed out of bed first and which one tried to steal 5 more minutes of shut eye) walk directly to the coffee pot and turn it on. As the beautiful sound of coffee being created and the intoxicating aroma of said production fills the kitchen, we walk to the windows and open the blinds – letting the sunshine in as we watch the birds at the bird feeders.
All of this is done almost on auto pilot. Our morning habits became so ROUTINE that they can almost carry themselves out without us. Truth be told, we probably just get in the way.
Our morning habits aren’t unlike any other habits because that’s what habits do – they become ROUTINE. They become FIXED. They’re like permanent tattoos inked onto our lives.
Now tell me they aren’t worth careful thought and consideration.
If habits are going to become a permanent fixture in our life, shouldn’t we hold them accountable? Shouldn’t we demand that our habits be the type of habits that will make us better people. Smarter people. More successful people. More giving people. People funner to be around. People who make the world a better place….
Spend a little time thinking about your own choices. What habits are these choices creating and what impact are they having on your life? Your relationships? Your health? Your happiness? Your future?
Go back to the top of this post and re-read Max Lucado’s beautiful words. How do your choices measure up? If they fall short, congratulations…. you’re human! However, you’re an intelligent human (after all, you’re on Self Help Daily – you’re top of the line) and you realize that it’s never too late to break a bad habit and it’s never too soon to pick up a good one. It’s always the right time to take a closer look at the choices you make.
Get in touch with your choices and be mindful of future choices. They’re dictating your life – choose them wisely.
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