A Daily Choice

Today, we have a choice.  Will we grow closer to God?  Or will we drift away in the busyness of life?  

Every new day ushers in fresh opportunity.  I can choose to grow closer to God, or I can allow myself to fall away from God…It’s up to me to choose. And falling away doesn’t always happen in big leaps, but often in small, unnoticed, unintentional slips. Seemingly unimportant decisions that don’t line up with God’s Word, and move me in the wrong direction.  

Let it never be so! I want to be closer to God when I go to bed, than I was when I arose. Every day, every moment, I want to deepen my understanding, my love, and my devotion to Him. So today, I will choose, not based on my circumstances, but based on God’s character and goodness.  

·        I will choose to love God!  

He loved me enough to send His son to die in my place before I even knew Him- so no matter what is going on around me today, I will love Him.
·        I will choose to praise God!  
He has never let me down, and even in the struggles and pain of life, I know He loves me.  He will comfort me, protect me, and shelter me!  So even in the darkest, scariest times, I will praise Him- not because life is easy, but because He is worthy!
·        I will choose to love others!
I will share the love of God with others because God loves me, and His word tells me to!  So even when I am hurting, even when I’m scared, even when I don’t want to, in His strength, I will love those around me!
·        I will choose to rejoice!

This is the day that the LORD has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24).  I do not rejoice because my life is easy or only on the days that I “feel” happy.  I will rejoice because God is love and He is giving me the opportunity today to rejoice- so I choose to rejoice!

We are always, constantly moving in a direction–either toward God or away from Him, closer to family or further away, growing friendships or losing them. If we are not intentional about our relationships, we will become more distant with each passing day.

We live in an age of technological friendships and intense loneliness, but the Savior of the world, the lover of our souls, is always with us.  I don’t want to be so busy, I miss Him!  I want to be intentional with my time, my thoughts, and my focus.  And I choose God!

~In seasons of waiting, God renews my strength; in seasons of trial, God comforts me and brings peace—and in all things, no matter what, I will choose to trust Him and praise Him because He is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He is worthy to be praised! 
Father, thank You for loving me even before I knew You.  Thank You for always being my refuge, my comfort, and my rock.  Help me and strengthen me to serve You, trust You, and praise You no matter what my daily circumstances are!  In Jesus’ name, amen!

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