Pages

The Power to Choose



Here are my thoughts for Six Word Saturday:

We have the power to choose!

"Make good choices" is something you will often hear me say. It's another thing I feel passionate about. Why? Because every choice you make affects your relationships, your life, and your future - what doors will be open to you and which ones will be closed. Even the smallest choices about right and wrong become habits that will affect you for a life time. I have made many lousy questionable choices in my life, and have had to struggle much more because of them.  Yes, they were learning experiences, but I could have made the learning process much less painful if I would have put more thought into the consequences of my choices.  Choose wisely... think it through!

Years ago I was given a small paperback book entitled The Greatest Miracle in the World, by Og Mendino.  It's an amazing story that will uplift the life of anyone who reads it!  Contained within the book is one of the most beautiful and powerful affirmations I have ever read, entitled The God Memorandum.  In fact this chapter  became so popular that it has since been published as a book of it's own.

What follows is an excerpt from The God Memorandum. I have it printed, matted and framed - hanging on my wall to serve as a constant reminder that we were not created as weak beings with lives tossed to and fro by the winds of fate, but rather we were given the power to chose how we will live our lives.   Read it... believe it... live it! 

I gave you the power to think.
I gave you the power to love
I gave you the power to will.
I gave you the power to laugh.
I gave you the power to imagine.
I gave you the power to create.
I gave you the power to plan.
I gave you the power to speak.
I gave you the power to pray
I gave you the power to choose...

Choose to love. . .rather than hate 
Choose to laugh. . .rather than cry.
Choose to create. . .rather than destroy.
Choose to persevere. . .rather than quit.
Choose to praise. . .rather than gossip.
Choose to heal. . .rather than wound.
Choose to give. . .rather than steal.
Choose to act…rather than procrastinate.
Choose to grow. . .rather than rot.
Choose to pray. . .rather than curse.
Choose to live. . .rather than die.

  I encourage you to read The God Memorandum in it's entirety, and even better... The Greatest Miracle in the World - it's a book you will never forget!

23 comments:

  1. Josie, that's a beautiful passage. Thank you for sharing it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you liked it Bozo, it's something I've treasured for years, kinda says it all!

      Delete
  2. Amen! Choices are key!

    Have a great weekend!
    Beth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true Beth, the choices we make are much more far reaching than we often realize at the time!

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Yes Karen, we have all the power we need to make good choices, sometimes it's easy to forget that!

      Delete
  4. Hi Josie, I was wondering if you could direct me to L's blog? I don't remember the name of it and she doesn't link back to it through her comments. Although, I haven't seen her around for a while so maybe she's stopped blogging? Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "L" is "Elsie" and has moved to http://mockturtlemusings.com/

      Delete
  5. Yes...we have the power to choose! And yes...when we chose the wrong things we do suffer from them.

    I pray all of the time for my grandkids to make better choices.

    Thanks for this post today.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's right Linda, people like to blame everything but themselves for the problems that they encounter in life, when often it's the result of poor choices we've made along the way. Too bad we can't always see that looking forward instead of in hindsight!

      Delete
  6. Thank you for the comment. Yes...they are our 11 grandkids. (:>) We have three in heaven too. All have been such blessings to our lives!

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a wonderful photo, having them all there together with you... some great looking kids! You truly are blessed!

      Delete
  7. What a wonderful passage I so agree, I chose to be happy and enjoy life my sister Sue seems to chose to be miserable and sad and likes to complain about her life on a daily basis

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know people like that too Jo-Anne, who just seem determined to feel miserable all the time. We all have down days, but chronic complainers are wearing to be around, and they sure can't be enjoying life very much, what a waste of the days we are given!

      Delete
  8. What an inspired post. I read a lot of these kind of books and I haven't heard of this one so thank you for sharing. Looks like I'm adding it to my reading list.

    Your 6 words are spot on - love them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are sure to love this one Fi. It is an anctual story that's a great read, the God Memorandum is wrapped into it in a way that leads you right to it, rather than just preaching at you. I wish I could give a copy of this book to everyone, it is so life affirming! Enjoy!

      Delete
  9. Helly Josie, there's a special request on my blog if you have time. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my gosh - LOVE this, Josie! Copied and printed. One for me, one for Devin as we continue our weekend of discovery...perfect timing! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I never cease to be delighted by the way that sometimes the right words appear at just the right time Elsie, It's happened over and over in my life. Glad you found this meaningful, realizing that we choose how to live our lives is a big step in the right direction! Hugs to you and Devin, as you try to sort things out.

      Delete
  11. I needed to read this today, Josie. How did you know? You really have helped my outlook today. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So often I've found it true that the right words come to us just when the message is what we most need to hear, Selma. I don't believe it's a coincidence, it's happened to me too many times. I'm glad you found this passage meaningful... grab the book, it's an awesome read! It will warm your heart!

      Delete

Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)