Each Day I Choose - By Max Lucado
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 forthe noise of the day.
The calm of solitude will be replaced by
the pounding 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 Imust 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.
will refuse to seepeople as anything less than human beings,created by God.
I will refuse to see any problem asanything 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'llinvite him to do so. Rather than complain that
the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.
Instead of clenching my fist at newassignments,
I will face them with joy and courage.
I CHOOSE KINDNESS…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.
I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid.
And kind tothe unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I CHOOSE GOODNESS…
I will go without a dollarbefore I take a dishonest one.
I will be overlookedbefore I will boast.
I will confess before I willaccuse. I choose goodness.
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS…
Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust.
My associateswill not question my word.
My wife will not question my love.
And my children will never fearthat their father will 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 only be in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it only be 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
I will be drunk only by joy.I will be impassioned only by my 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 pillowand rest.