I’m just not feelin’ it. Early mornings and lots of effort will produce just what it did yesterday. What’s the point? I think I won’t today. But then I prayed and before I knew it, my feet were on the floor and the wonderful sounds of a brand new day welcomed me on.
I want what I want. What’s the harm? No one will know. I think I will…but then, I prayed and the strength to resist came; the want to, to please The One greater than myself gave me the will, I chose Him and the thought left my mind.
I want to be as mean to them as they are to me. I want to act out of my rights, my justification – because after all, they gave me a reason to lash out so it’s all good…but then, I prayed and The Voice whispered, “greater love – because that’s how I love you…” immediately came to mind…so I chose love over hate.
It’s as simple as that. It’s not easy, but it is that simple. Who will I please today? It’s always a choice. None can do it on our own strength – at least I can’t. All the willpower and determination I can muster is never enough; sometimes when I want to choose right and do, I still act wrong. But then I pray – pray for the strength and the want to, to act out right, say right, be right…in His eyes. Sometimes I think my morning time with Him will be enough to carry me through…then I find myself with another crossroad, another choice to make then I pray.
Let’s be conscious to choose first to pray, then to live in a manner that honors Him today, one incident at a time.
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for your yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15