It’s quiet. It’s early. For the next 12 hours I’ll be exposed to the day’s demands. It’s now that I must make a choice. And so I choose—love. I will love God and what God loves.
I choose joy.
I choose peace. I will live forgiven.
I choose patience—Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I’ll thank God for a moment to pray.
I choose kindness—for that’s how God has treated me.
I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness. Today I’ll keep my promises. My wife will not question my love.
I choose gentleness. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose self-control. I will be impassioned only by my faith and influenced only by God.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When this day is done, I’ll place my head on my pillow and rest. (1Timothy 6:11)
By Max Lucado
From: When God Whispers Your Name
Used by permission