Choices

Life is full of choices.  We make big and little choices each day that affect our mood, others around us, our future, even just how the day unfolds.  Recently I was taking my son to school and a Steven Curtis Chapman song was on the radio right when we got in the car.  It’s called “Do Everything” and these are the words we heard:

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,
To do
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

So I said to my son, “Let’s do everything for God’s glory today”.  And he shrugged his shoulders and grunted something unintelligible (remember, he’s 13).  I got him dropped off at school and was on my way to a meeting when not a mile from the school my car started smoking.  I was able to get pulled off of the road into a parking lot.  I let the car sit awhile, looked under the hood (a lot of good that did, I’m no mechanicJ) but it was still smoking and making a strange noise.  I made the executive choice to call AAA to have the car towed to my mechanic.  As I was sitting there waiting on  AAA, I made the choice that I wasn’t going to let this ruin my day, that whatever He had planned for me that day was ok, because His ways are better than my ways.  I chose to give Him the glory in my circumstance.  I did have a full day scheduled with a lot of driving though.  As the day progressed, I got a ride from a great friend, got all my work done that was on my schedule (maybe not in the order that I had planned), got my car back the same day with everything fixed (it was only the water pump and was under $300), and was able to get my son picked up from school on time. 

While I could have gotten down, depressed, or angry about all of this–the time, money, interrupting a friend’s day, missing a meeting….I didn’t let Satan have his way with any of those thoughts. 

I chose to be thankful that I got Nolan to school.  I chose to be thankful for the great mechanic and friend I have.  I chose to be joyful even in my circumstances.  1 Thess 5:16-18

Whatever it is you are going through today, God is bigger that it.  Trust that you are exactly where God has put you now, this day and every day and choose to give Him all the glory, because He is faithful and worthy.  Let God soften your heart today in your circumstance and choose joy…choose Him!

Lord, you promise to meet my needs and I trust that you will, in your time, not mine.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.