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.
of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace 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 that
I must make a choice.
Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so
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.
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
I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. 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
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
I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise
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 be only 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 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,
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.
This devotion is excerpted with permission from Let the Journey Begin by Max
Lucado, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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