My choice.

After many adversities in my life I have a secret satisfaction in the greatness of the difficulties which are in the way. So far from being cast down on account of them, they delighted my soul. I know that I have to make a choice after the sun rises for the next twelve hours that I will be exposed to the day’s demand. It is now that I must make a choice.  Because of Calvary, I am free to choose. And so I choose.

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 non-believers.

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 painful circumstances, 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 be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse.  I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness

Today I will keep my promise. I choose faithfulness to keep on telling you that God has all the knowledge of whatever goes on in our lives good or bad and that He will produce good out of our bad situations. I choose to be faithful to my God in my pain.

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 to name my circumstances

I refuse to name my life pain, but highly favored.

I refuse pity partying but to look up to heavens where my heart has been sent for healing.

I choose not to name my circumstances Ben-Oni but I choose to name them Benjamin (Genesis 35:16-18)

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.