I Choose

This month in our Sweet Sisterhood, young women's small group, we are studying the Fruit of the Spirit. And one thing that our leader is constantly reminding us of is that no matter the outcome of a situation, we have a choice as to how we will react. When sorrow knocks on our door, we choose joy, when the winds are roaring and the waves are rising, we choose peace. You see, we may not have control over situations that arise, but we do have control over how we will react to them. It's a choice! 

We are brought into this world with little to choose from. We did not choose when or where to be born or what our names would be, we didn't get to pick our parents or siblings, that is all part of the package called life. The things we do have control over, we must be intentional and make them count.

We are not promised a happy go-lucky type of life, there will be bumps along the way and our daily decisions will be vital to the overall outcome of our journey. In the valley and in the mountaintop, I choose! My outcome will not be dictated by my feelings or by my current mood because just as the bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 'The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?' We cannot trust ourselves because one day we are happy, and the next day we are a ball of emotions, every feeling and mood imaginable (especially us women... Lord have mercy!) Although our feelings may vary, God and His Word will always remain the same. Thank you Jesus because when we are all over the place, you are rock steady.

Today, I want to challenge you to choose wisely. Pick your battles, not everything is worth fighting for. Choose your words carefully, silence is just as golden and speaks as loud as words. And most importantly, impart life and encouragement into your heart. Pour out love, show yourself grace, remind yourself that your are worthy and that you are a child of God. When things get rough and you want to give up... say to yourself, I choose _______________. God will honor your faithfulness and your commitment to His everlasting Word!

Be Encouraged, Be Blessed!