I was going through some of my things from college earlier today, and I found this writing among the other items. I have no idea who wrote it or why I have it printed out, but I think it goes along with Angie’s post for Thursday.
It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The pounding pace of the human race will replace the calm of solitude. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice. And so I choose:
I choose Love…No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I choose Joy…I will invite God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical, the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I choose Peace…I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I choose Patience…I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Rather than complaining that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I choose Kindness…I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone, kind to the rich, for they are afraid, and kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I choose Goodness…I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will see the good in others when it is hard to find. I will confess before I will accuse.
I choose Faithfulness…Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My family will not question my love, and I will not question God’s love.
I choose Gentleness…Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose Self-Control…I am spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will not rule the eternal, rule me.
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. The fruit of the spirit. To these I commit my day. If I succeed I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek God’s face. And when my day is done, I will rest in the arms of the Almighty.