Gratitude abounds for the life I am gifted to live…for freedoms, for opportunities…and heartache for those that have lost loved ones to war…for battling the causes of our nation.
I am a joy seeker…a peace lover.
And yet, the reality is that I can grumble and complain way too frequently. It becomes a daily battle to choose the higher ground-the positive side of life. Effort is required to choose joy…to choose love.
Circumstances and silly irritations make me a person that I do not appreciate so much! Learning to breathe and walk away is necessary.
The words I read today translated the Galatians fruit of the spirit into the contemporary Message version:
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
I will choose to seek God’s will for my life, keeping my eyes open to the gifts he continually brings my way.