Today, I started reading a Daily Devotion by Max Lucado called “Grace For The Moment” Volume 1. It gives you Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year. Upon opening the first few pages of this devotional I took the time to read the preface and introduction and it really made me reflect on choices and time spent with the Lord. Max started out by saying:
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.
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 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 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 new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I Choose Kindness….
I will be to the poor, for they are alone. Kind o the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I Choose Goodness….
I will go without a dollar before I take dishonest one. 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 promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father would not come home.
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 only be of myself.
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 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 in him.
If you have taken the time to read this then you have a choice as well. Do you choose to take a few moments from your day to spend quality time with the Lord. Maybe, during your lunch break or maybe during the time you spend on Facebook or twitter you can give God five minutes to hear Him speak to you. If you enjoyed this inspiring and thought provoking introduction then you can read the rest of this devotion each day. Click Here to order your “Grace For The Moment Devotional”