Choices and Decisions

Every day we make choices. Lots of them. Some are minor and some are major. One of the most important decisions we can make in any given day is the choice to be positive and to see the best in situations and people.

There is a beautiful photo of a sunrise over a beach hanging in my office. In the corner of the photo is a verse from the book of Psalms 118:24 which says “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is to remind me that each morning I have a new opportunity to choose my outlook for the day. I can choose to be optimistic and joyful, or I can choose to hang on to yesterday’s problems and mistakes. It is totally up to me.

I also choose to view people this way. I give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that people can change if they want to. We all have some bad habits and I think once we are aware of them, we want to change them, yes?

Perhaps the most important area of life to decide to view positively is whether or not to have faith. Faith opens up a whole new way of seeing situations, problems, and people. But again, it is up to us to decide whether we are going to exercise faith in any given situation or not.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says that God has set before us life and death, blessings and curses. We have free will to choose what we allow into our lives. What we choose will either bring us life or death, good or bad results.

Will you choose to live a life of positive thinking and faith? Will you choose to see the good in others and believe that even the worst situations can turn out for good? Romans 1:17 says “The just shall live by faith.” So today what will you choose?

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Choices and Decisions

Every day we make choices. Lots of them. Some are minor and some are major. One of the most important decisions we can make in any given day is the choice to be positive and to see the best in situations and people.

There is a beautiful photo of a sunrise over a beach hanging in my office. In the corner of the photo is a verse from the book of Psalms 118:24 which says “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is to remind me that each morning I have a new opportunity to choose my outlook for the day. I can choose to be optimistic and joyful, or I can choose to hang on to yesterday’s problems and mistakes. It is totally up to me.

I also choose to view people this way. I give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe that people can change if they want to. We all have some bad habits and I think once we are aware of them, we want to change them, yes?

Perhaps the most important area of life to decide to view positively is whether or not to have faith. Faith opens up a whole new way of seeing situations, problems, and people. But again, it is up to us to decide whether we are going to exercise faith in any given situation or not.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says that God has set before us life and death, blessings and curses. We have free will to choose what we allow into our lives. What we choose will either bring us life or death, good or bad results.

Will you choose to live a life of positive thinking and faith? Will you choose to see the good in others and believe that even the worst situations can turn out for good? Romans 1:17 says “The just shall live by faith.” So today what will you choose?

Have a Little Faith

This week I have been contemplating the issue of faith. I have been told I have a lot of faith. But do I really? When it comes down to the core issues and people in my life, how do I respond?

The Bible says each of us has been given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Like a muscle, though, we must exercise our faith for it to grow. In order to live well, it is important to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

It seems I trust God when it comes to some things, but not in others. Perhaps I am spending too much energy trying to “do” things that please God and not enough time listening, trusting, and believing. I have worn myself out at different times in my life and I am beginning to understand how – by not trusting God to work in others and by trying to do too much in my own strength.

Rom 4:4 says “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” In other words, God sees us as righteous, not because of all our good works, but because of our faith and trust in Him. While I may be thinking I am pleasing God, I am saddened to realize that this does not please God at all. Scripture says that all my good works are like filthy rags (Is.64:6)

From now on, I am going to listen to my sons when they tell me “Have a little faith, Ma!” and really take it to heart and stop trying so hard to make things happen. I am going to expect a positive outcome even when I don’t see it at the present moment. Faith is pulling the dreams of tomorrow into our today and that is exactly what I am going to do. How about you, beloved? Today will you have a little more faith?

Have a Little Faith

This week I have been contemplating the issue of faith. I have been told I have a lot of faith. But do I really? When it comes down to the core issues and people in my life, how do I respond?

The Bible says each of us has been given a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Like a muscle, though, we must exercise our faith for it to grow. In order to live well, it is important to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

It seems I trust God when it comes to some things, but not in others. Perhaps I am spending too much energy trying to “do” things that please God and not enough time listening, trusting, and believing. I have worn myself out at different times in my life and I am beginning to understand how – by not trusting God to work in others and by trying to do too much in my own strength.

Rom 4:4 says “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” In other words, God sees us as righteous, not because of all our good works, but because of our faith and trust in Him. While I may be thinking I am pleasing God, I am saddened to realize that this does not please God at all. Scripture says that all my good works are like filthy rags (Is.64:6)

From now on, I am going to listen to my sons when they tell me “Have a little faith, Ma!” and really take it to heart and stop trying so hard to make things happen. I am going to expect a positive outcome even when I don’t see it at the present moment. Faith is pulling the dreams of tomorrow into our today and that is exactly what I am going to do. How about you, beloved? Today will you have a little more faith?