If I fail, I will seek His grace. — Max Lucado

SEEK HIS GRACE

   

If I fail, I will seek His grace. — Max Lucado
 


A wonderful article to read and keep as a guide to start each day

 


by Max Lucado, from Let the Journey Begin

Seek His grace

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 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.

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 clinching 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. 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 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, faithful-ness, 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.

This devotion is excerpted with permission from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado, copyright Thomas Nelson.

 

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 " This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"  

Psalm 118:24

 

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