Each year on January 1st,
I try to pick a word to summarize my goals for the year ahead. I’ve
used words like INTENTIONAL, REST, LIVE, and others over the last
others, it may not mean much. It probably doesn’t have much emotional
or motivational impact for those who see it.
But for me, it’s my call to
arms, my mission statement, and my core beliefs all wrapped
up into one.
1. to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference:
2. to prefer or decide (to do something):
3. to want; desire.
all three of those definitions are applicable to why this word means so
much: to pick by preference, to DECIDE, to want and to desire.
boys from our community (10th graders) were killed in a car accident over the weekend.
asked to go to the school where the boys attend to provide counseling
services if needed. The school made the decision to offer
transportation to ANY student that wanted to attend the funerals, and
over 300 chose to go. We loaded up EIGHT buses with students and drove
them to a funeral that morning, fed them lunch, and then
took them to the second funeral.
a heavy day.
reflect on happy memories shared, and to celebrate the lives their
friends had lived.
reminded me once again that there are many things in life that are
out of our control. And that because of this, I was reminded of the power we have to
CHOOSE how we will live.
choose to waste our time worrying about ourselves.
choose to serve self and feelings that
choose to try to do things for ourselves.
choose to respond with judgment.
choose to hold grudges.
the choices we have seem like small little choices that may not mean
But hear me on this, friends: These small decisions make up your
LIFE. They compose your TESTIMONY. They are what people
will reflect on long after you are gone.
cannot control what will happen to me today, or tomorrow, or the next
day. I don’t know what God may have in store for me down the road, or
how He is working even now, to bring things into my life for my
good and His glory.
know from experience that these things are not always pleasant when in
the midst of them. But I DO KNOW THIS: I know that I ALWAYS get to CHOOSE how I
today friends. Choose to love. Choose to extend grace when those around
you may not deserve it. Choose to forgive. Choose to celebrate. Choose
to serve. Choose to give. Choose joy. Choose to live.
What a gift.