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It’s Your Choice…Or Is It?

  • I lay face-down on the chiropractor’s table while he began my spinal adjustment. My recent shoulder injury had propelled me his direction for some relief, and the treatments were helping. But in a few seconds I knew he was going to crack my back and realign my vertebrae. I had to quickly choose to relax so that the alignment would be successful.
  • I stepped outside the door to take the garbage out and caught the lovely scent of orange blossoms. I marched on out to the garage with my bag, but on the way back recalled the short season orange blossoms are out, so I chose to sit on the bench in the yard for a minute and enjoy my favorite fragrance.
  • It was a busy afternoon and I had finally finished with the kids’ school and had some time to myself when Husband came in and asked if I wanted to go fishing. I don’t actually fish; I read and I lie back and look at the clouds and I think and I pray and I chat with Husband. But out on the open water with the sky stretched out above and all around you, it feels like my dreams are possible again. Like the sky is the limit. And I needed some of that. So I chose to drop everything and go.
  • I want to see what God is like. I am enamored with Him and His ways, and when I take the time to stop and look around, I see Him and His work everywhere. It has taken some practice and some time spent with *those who would point things out for me and get me started, but most of all it is a choice to slow down and notice.

It's this kind of lovely that makes God-given dreams seem possible again.

Articles and advice abound on choosing the life you want to have for yourself. To some extent this might work, especially if you are a strong-willed person. But most of the time you don’t know what is coming around the bend. You can choose healthy habits for your body, soul, and spirit, but you have actual choice over very little in life. You cannot control accidents, sickness, or other people’s choices affecting yours.

A better piece of advice would be to choose to trust God. I know it sounds like a platitude, but it is a truth which will make your life much more enjoyable. If you can’t actually control life anyways, why not just offer it all to Him and let Him choose what He’s already planning to work in your life with or without your cooperation?

  • Choose to relax and let Him adjust the spine of your life.
  • Choose to fully enjoy the delights and “take time to smell the roses” (or the orange blossoms).
  • Choose to take advantage of opportunities to refresh your soul.
  • Choose to slow down and look around and see what God has done and is doing in the world around you.

What do you need to choose today? Don’t put it off; go do it now!

* An excellent resource for getting you started in noticing God’s gifts for you is Ann Voskamp’s excellent book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. I have read it multiple times and each time I am primed to realize my own gifts from God, which I realize are lavish. Most highly recommended!

[The above link is a direct link to the book on Amazon. If you are interested in purchasing the book and buy it from the Amazon link above, I will get a portion of the profit from the book.]

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2 comments on “It’s Your Choice…Or Is It?

  1. JD
    03.22.12

    Beautiful!

  2. delancydina
    03.28.12

    Attitude is a choice!

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Hi, I’m Deanne!

Biblical counselor, budding author, and domestic engineer. I enjoy reading, studying, thinking, and writing about it all. I crave simplicity, laughter, and a cup of hot tea in the morning. Metaphor and allegory is my thing, and I enjoy using it to help myself and others understand spiritual concepts.

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