Take a deep breath. Now let’s think about the choices we have made up to this point in our day. I chose to get out of bed at 8:30, I chose to work out, I chose to have tea with my breakfast, listen to the news, and now I’m chasing to sit down at my computer to write this post. This is only a fraction of the choices I have made this morning. Some of the choices we are faced with are fairly easy to make, but at times there are choices that are more difficult.
This week the choices I have had to make feel so minimal compared to some of the difficult decisions I know others have been faced with this week. Regardless of our decision, we do have a choice with how we respond to what we choose. God gave us the ability to choose freely the things we do, and God is with us in all of those decisions.
This week, while I was at the skating rink with my kids, my daughter felt it was unfair that she was told she was out of the limbo contest after falling. Although according to her she didn’t fall, and it was “unfair” that the person told her she was out. She was upset. In my moment of parenting, I thought this is a good time to teach her that not everything in life is fair, but how we choose to respond to it is our choice.
“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” - Ray T Bennett
When things happen that are out of our control, what we do have control over is our choice. This doesn’t mean that in all things we will approach it with a positive and happy attitude. Immediately following our second car accident, I didn’t have a good attitude. I was stuck in a patter of thinking, “why didn’t I die?” It took me a long time to make a choice to get out of bed, walk my kids to school, and work my way back to living again. It was not easy, and at times I still struggle.
We have begun meditating on Proverbs 19:9 (Msg), which says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to life it.” We are not alone in our decisions, even if we feel that way. God is with us as we make the choice, and with us as we move through life with the decisions we have made. We do not have to feel stuck or feel like we will make the wrong choice. God has freely given us the ability to choose, and is with us in all our choices.
Can you think of a time in your life when you felt the freedom to make choices for yourself? What happened as a result?
Today if you would like, I invite you to pray this breath prayer with me. On an inhale pray “God, in every choice.” On the exhale pray, “you are with me.” Today may we each be mindful that God is always with us, moving with us through every choice we are faced with.