September 21, 2010

Each Morning I Have a Choice~Max Lucado

Good morning!  It's a new day!  A new week!   He's got new blessings prepared for you!   And He's got something for YOU to do TODAY! Divine appointments woven into your day. Be sure your agenda lines up with His! You only get ONE shot at this day! Make the most of it! He's already gone ahead of you and promises you GRACE for THIS day. Yesterday is over and done with...tomorrow is not yet here. TODAY is the day you have in front of you!  Have a GREAT one and choose to walk in all that He has for you!  You ever hear of the butterfly effect?  Your actions and choices have the potential to have lasting impact and effect well beyond today.  So choose wisely :)  And have a GREAT day!!!!!!! 

It's quiet.  It's early.  My coffee is hot. The sky is still black.  The world is still asleep.  The day is coming.  In a few moments the day will arrive.  It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun.  The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day.  The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race.  The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands.

It is now that I must make a choice. 
Because of Calvary I'm free to choose. 
And So I choose.


No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.
I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.


I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.
I will refuse the temptation to be cynical . . . The tool of the lazy thinker.
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 will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.


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 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 will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.
I will be overlooked before I will boast.
I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.


Today, I will keep my promises.
My family and friends will not question my word.
My spouse will not question where my loyalties lie.
My children will never wonder if I will be here for them.


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 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.

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.   

(- Max Lucado)

He is giving us Grace for THIS day.  Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow is not here yet.  Live in THIS moment.  You only have ONE shot at it!  Make the most of it.
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