We all have many choices that we make each day, and that is a fact. It all starts when we get out of bed in the morning (or make the choice not to get up until later)….What to eat for breakfast? What to wear? What to do about the annoying dog next door? Well, there is another choice to be made before your feet hit the floor for the first time that day, and that is “what is my attitude toward today?” Oh yes, don’t be so shocked. You can indeed choose the tone of your day. Now, I did not say, “You can choose every single thing that will happen this day and have control over all of it,” but I AM saying that you CAN choose how you will respond to those inevitable little surprises or disappointments. Sometimes we can’t control things. Bad things, heart-breaking things, and frustrating things happen that we don’t choose. Yet even then we have a choice in how we respond. In those times when we can “call the shots,” so to speak, it is easier to pretend it is just the way things are and you have no responsibility – like on the days you wake up and have an immediate “grump” in your heart and rude words on your tongue to spew at the first person who glances your way.
I had one of those days not very long ago. For no good or apparent reason I woke up in a foul mood. That isn’t the worst of it though. The worst part was that I didn’t want to have a good or even a better attitude. And boy did it take a lot of time with God to straighten that out! He gave me a choice though. I could have huffed all day long, felt none the better for it, and gone to bed upset. My other option was to ask for His help to overcome. He was ready and waiting to assist, but He wanted me to make the right choice first. He has given us a lot of freedom to make decisions. All too often we abuse this freedom by using it as a license to sin. The choices we make can affect not only us personally but others around us as well. What would happen if we all chose to step out in courage? To always speak the truth and keep our word, even when it hurts? To walk in peace every day, even when life isn’t going like we think it should? God gives us the opportunity to choose what is right, to choose obedience and trust. Because of His love for us, He won’t ever force us into to doing something that we don’t want to do. However, along with the ability to chose, He has also given us the ability to break His heart with our choices. The power of choice is one of the most amazingly powerful things God has given us. So, what will you choose today?