Do you ever feel emotionally worn out by the end of the day from just making decisions? We have so many choices and a seemingly endless array of options to choose from! I have to say that I’m truly grateful to live in a time and place with this abundance of freedom, but I have to confess that I’m also overwhelmed by it!
You know the scenario….You’re going out for dinner with family or friends and they ask where you’d like to eat but you just don’t care and no one can decide. You go back and forth and then end up going somewhere that none of you really likes because no one could make a decision. We’ve all been there! I think it’s because we’re simply worn out from picking through all the options and making decisions all day long!
Each day I wake up and make one decision after another. What to wear, what to eat, what to buy, how much to spend, what to say (or not say)? The list goes on and on. I think about the major, life changing decisions I’ve made. To follow Jesus, to marry my husband Tim, to have 5 children and homeschool, to live in Austin, TX. and who my closest friends are.
The thing about our culture today is that there are really no wrong decisions! You have the freedom to pick and choose what you like and don’t like about life, what you believe and don’t believe, and sometimes in the process lose sight of what is right and true! It’s perfectly acceptable to pick and choose what you believe based on your personal preferences, but the tragedy is that if you’re not careful, you can become deceived, lost, and broken along the way.
Jesus says in John 14:6. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. He is the absolute truth!
The single most important decision you can make is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior! If you haven’t done that yet, I encourage you, please, stop and do so right now! I promise it’s the BEST decision you’ll ever make! You can let us know through our contact page about your decision and one of us girls can pray with you!
Next to the decision to follow Jesus, I believe that the most important decision you can make each day is your choice of attitude! It’s more important than your successes, or failures, your education, your circumstances, your account balance, or even what others say about you. Your attitude has the ability to keep you going or cripples your progress. It can fuel your fire or assault your hope. When my attitude is right, there’s really no barrier too high, or dream too extreme!
So I want to ask you about your attitude? How is it? Perhaps it’s good right now, but what about tomorrow, when you get out of bed after a restless night, or at the end of a challenging day? What kind of attitude will you have after a day of annoying co-workers, whiny children, aggressive drivers, or rude customers?
The dictionary defines attitude as “a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior”. Bottom line… My attitude is a direct reflection of what I think, which in turn affects how I respond to others!
Just like our bodies get fuel from food, our minds (and emotions) get fuel from our thoughts. When we eat healthy, nutritious food, our bodies thrive. When we fill our minds with healthy nutritious thoughts, it gives us fuel to have the right attitudes!
Philippians 4:8 is one of my favorite scriptures and gives us a great place to start.
“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, and if anything is worthy of praise, let your mind dwell,on these things.
Verse 9 goes on to say, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you”
He not only wants us to think about having the right attitude, but actually practice having the right attitude!
But what exactly is the right attitude? Simply put…it’s the fruit of the Spirit!
Galatians 5:22-23 says “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The best part is that we have his Spirit, living within us, helping us with our attitudes if we let him!
As your friend, let me urge you to take charge of your mind and emotions today! Let your mind feast on nutritious thoughts. Refuse to complain and criticize! Reject those thoughts that make you petty, bitter, or unkind.
Jesus says “If anyone wants to be my disciple they must deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow me”
When you wake up in the morning and look into the day that stretches out before you, the myriad of choices can be overwhelming, but I want you to stop for a moment and picture Jesus standing before you, lovingly preparing you for what is ahead. As you begin to make choices for the day, one at a time, each contingent upon the one made before it, keep in mind that God will equip you to handle whatever comes your way!