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You know, we make decisions every waking moment as we walk out this journey here on earth. What time to get up; what to have for breakfast; what shoes to wear; which pair of earrings; what shade of lipstick, etc….. Now I do realize that the gentlemen may not be concerned about earrings and lipstick….but you get the point.
We also make decisions about our attitude. We can be happy and carefree, or we can let circumstances that are not so carefree, color and influence how we treat others and how we process the drama that comes to us every day on this journey. Let’s face it….drama does keep us from being bored, but a steady diet of anything can be very harmful to your outlook on life.
Philippines 4:8 says, “ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
We can spend a lot of time rolling over in our mind the circumstances that are brought to bear on our journey: sickness; financial difficulty; job security; marital trouble; broken relationships; grief over the loss of a loved one or an opportunity…..and so on. But the final decision we must make is to think on the ‘good’ things.
For our own mental health, for our spiritual well-being as the chosen of God, we must train ourselves to finally realize that, whatever the circumstance, God is in it with us and has a purpose for everything that we experience in this life.
Is that easy to do? No. Yet, the more you trust Him, the more you lean on Him, the more you choose life. The Bible teaches us that life and death are in the tongue. And it also teaches us that what comes out of the mouth reveals the heart of man. Choose life.
“Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thessalonians 5:17-18)