A few years back, I read this chapter from Max Lucado: The Choice and, over all these years, those words have stayed with me.
It’s Max Lucado who actually inspired me to write. And to write my regular Sacred Spaces. (I was inspired by how, he made Jesus so practical and nearby in his writings.)
So after seeing this street art in London, I was inspired to write my own version of the choice:
Based on a different scripture: Colossians 3: 12 – 14
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
You and I have a choice as we start each day.
At the start of this day, say tomorrow (Tuesday)
We decide, that despair will end.
Because each day, as God’s chosen people… we should start with a deep sense of WHO WE ARE.
We are holy and dearly loved.
Yes, you reading these words.
You have been set apart (made holy) for a part in His greater story.
It’s no fairy-tale! It’s a reality. So step into it!
As you start your Tuesday (any day, really) – you need chose how you will clothe yourself?
What will you wear? As you physically decide, you can also choose your emotions and stance to the world and life you are part of.
Put on compassion.
The world is a cruel place.
How can you be more compassionate in your daily life?
Who do you need to give the benefit of doubt to?
Who do you need to not rush by and actually engage with?
Today, you can choose to be kind in your thoughts, kind in your words, kind in your actions. Choose kindness. Enough said!
Cover yourself with humility.
Do you need to always be right?
Do you need to admit you made a mistake?
Are you teachable?
Button up with gentleness.
Gentleness is not weakness.
Gentleness is a keen observation to noticing the smaller details of life.
Reaching out to the marginalised.
Tighten up with patience.
Maybe your life has intended moments of pause? (You didn’t think about them as intended.)
Instead of getting frustrated. Use those moments to pray.
To think about your life.
Waiting for a train, waiting in line.
Those moments aren’t bad. They breathers! Tune in to your life.
Then use that coat of forgiveness.
Are you holding that grudge for too long?
Who do you need to forgive today?
Remember, how God has forgiven you. Don’t take that for granted!
Then bring that umbrella of love.
Over all these virtues, wear love, choose love, be love, live in love.
Yes it does,
Who said the gospel wasn’t practical?
We want to ask, how do we live better? God, what should we do?
These verses from Colossians 3…. a mere three verses out of 31102 verses – and how we can struggle with those.
Practice makes perfect, as the old adage says.
So thank you God, we have a choice on how we see our lives.
On how we treat people.
How we endure the hardships.