The Daily Choice
(Adapted from Max Lucado’s “When God Whispers Your Name”)
It’s quiet. It’s early. The coffee is hot. The sky is still dark, the world is just beginning to stir from sleep. The day is coming. In just a few minutes it will be upon you. It will roar down the highway along with the rush hour traffic. The rising sun and rising crescendo of human activity will coincide almost as if in harmony. The stillness of the dawn will be replaced with the noise of business, commerce and industry. The early morning refuge is soon to be invaded by decisions to be made, deadlines to be met and missions to be fulfilled.
For the next several hours you and I will be exposed to the demands of the day. It is at this moment each day that we make a choice. Thanks be to God, we are free to choose. “Choose what? What are my choices?” You might ask. Perhaps you’d consider the following choices:
*Love – No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants ongoing bitterness. Choose Love. Today Love the Lord your God and all that He loves.
*Joy – Refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. Refuse to see people as anything less than fellow human beings created by God. Refuse to see any problem as anything less than the opportunity God meant it to be for you.
*Peace – Live forgiven, as you forgive those who have trespassed against you.
*Kindness – 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 you and me.
*Goodness – Go without a dollar before you’d take a dishonest one and go unnoticed rather than boast.
*Faithfulness – Keep your promises lest debtors regret their trust, associates question your word, your spouse doubts your love or your children fear being abandoned.
*Gentleness – Nothing is won by force, taken yes, but not truly won over. If your voice must raise, may it only be in praise. If demands must be made may they first be made on yourself.
*Self-Control – We are spiritual beings, after the body is dead the spirit will soar. Refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal, choose self-control. Be drunk only by joy, impassioned only by faith and influenced only by God’s Word.
Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self-Control, choose these Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) to govern the day. If then you succeed, give thanks to God. If you fail seek His grace for He will be there through the worst and the best, and then, when the day is finally through and the sun is set you will be able to lay down to a quiet night’s rest.