Everyday brings another set of decisions. Some are momentous; new job opportunities, career decisions, or what to do in a relationship. Others are mundane and pass without much attention. I find in my life that the mundane and common decisions determine my path and the opportunities that come into it. The quiet decisions made when nobody is paying attention, including my self, dictates the way I am going to proceed at the forks in life's road. Given my choices, I wonder if anyone is awake at the switch!
Today is a fresh beginning. I can make of it anything I want to. What will I do with it? How do I want to proceed? Do I need to remember something critical at all times? Is there a guiding principle that I can use to set a course?
I often find myself walking in trouble. Exploitation; I despise it. Yet, I often take advantage of people in situations that present themselves. Anger and frustration; I loathe the very words. I say this, however my body tone, edge to my voice, and words convey something quite different. Self glory; I find myself believing the words that if I do not promote myself, no one else will. Pride: worn frequently! You would think I would have worn this out by now, but it seems to hang on forever.
It is easy to be self-critical. There is so much to pick on! It is essential to remember the source of personal value. God chose us as special children and friends. The value he gave us is so high, almost priceless, but not quite. The price He confirmed to the universe was the life of Himself through the form of Jesus – a piece of God. Jesus took on our form, human flesh, and then died so that God could legitimately restore us to relationship with Him.
Given this: “Don't take Wicked Bypass; don't so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way.” (Proverbs 4.14,15)