Life is full of choices. Choose wisely. We are not here to be right, but to get it right. There are consequences to all of our choices, good and bad. We always put our best foot forward, but we are always judged by the worst of our actions. We must strive to choose in such a way that even the worst of our behaviors are still noble. Here are some areas that I try to make the right choice repeatedly.
Choose to believe. Faith is belief without evidence. True faith is unmoved by circumstance. What is your purpose? What do you believe in? Make that belief unshakable. Do not doubt or waver in the face of adversity, trials, or difficulties. Keep the faith! “If you have the faith of a mustard seed you will say to this mountain “Move from here to there” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
Choose to be great and not average. If excellence is possible, then good isn’t good enough. Greatness is a choice. What is your goal? Go get it! We can’t predict the future, but we definitely can create it. Chase after the greatness you can achieve. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Choose discipline. Discipline is not a punishment, it is the way. We must make disciplined choices day after day, stacking our habits until we become the best version of ourselves. Every action you take is a vote for the kind of person you want to become. Act with discipline and become a disciplined person. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, and of love, and of self-discipline.” – 1 Timothy 1:7
Choose to keep going. Keep fighting, even when you feel like you aren’t making progress. Choose to keep moving when it’s dark. It’s supposed to be hard. It’s supposed to take a long time. Anything special always does. Typically the hardest thing to do is the right thing to do. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Choose humility. Be confident, but be humble. Set aside arrogance and pride. Don’t care about getting noticed. Share credit; accept blame. Humbly help others reach their goals. Do things for others without expecting a return. “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – Proverbs 3:34
Choose to not be offended. It’s inevitable. People will disagree with you at some point, even if you are right. People will let you down. People will be selfish. People will use you. People will hurt you. Sometimes you must expect the expected – and choose not to be offended anyway. “But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’” – John 15:25
Choose to be kind. Someone else’s behavior does not govern how you must treat them. Try to see the best in others and treat them with the kindness you would like to receive, not necessarily the kindness they actually deserve. “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Choose to listen instead of shout. We have way too many people who can point out problems and not nearly enough people coming up with solutions. Listen to others and respond accordingly, instead of being reactive. Try to see things from from others’ point of view. “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, for wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19
The choice is yours. Make the most of it.