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i choose {words to live by} :: repost

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 for
the 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 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 clenching my fist at new
assignments, 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 to
the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness
I will go without a dollar
before I take a 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 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

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 pillow
and rest.

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4 Responses to “i choose {words to live by} :: repost”

  1. Susan Lesperance says:

    Tracie, words to live by…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Thank you for sharing and helping us to understand how to improve our lives and those around us. God is proud of you; we are inspired by your daily messages. Thank you for bring these nine words into our lives and reminding us how to be better people here on Earth. You are a treasure.

  2. Sally Kuhlman says:

    Tracie, thank you for this post and teaching and/or reminding all of us that we should live by these words. There are times when we are challenged to understand the importance of them. If we take just a moment to sit back and remember their impact on ourselves and the people we interact with, the world would/will be a better place. In all the years I have known you, you have grown in your love of God. You have been enriched by his words; and you have enriched us by sharing them. Thank you for all you do. You are amazing.

  3. Trish says:

    Wow oh Wow! This was the devo that was in my “in box” this morning when I got to work! Talk about a Holy confirmation — or in my case, a major God-smack upside my head! ;)

    May 22, 2012

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
    — Galatians 5:22-23

  4. Donna says:

    LOVE…that is all!

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