The Power To Choose

The greatest power you have as a human being is the power of choice. You get to choose your direction, your thoughts and your attitude every day. We have the power of choice. We can approach our circumstances with an attitude of overcoming or an attitude of defeat. We can choose to be a victor or a victim.

I read a book many years ago by Viktor Frankl called “Man’s Search for Meaning”. He was arrested by the NAZIs and put in a concentration camp. Everything was taken from him including his clothes. He was kept in an isolation cell, totally alone, without anything. He said, "Everything was taken away from me except my attitude. I decided that I was going to control my attitude. No one could take that away from me".

He controlled what he could control in the midst of terrible circumstances. Sometimes our circumstances are beyond our control and we can’t do anything about them. But, remember you have the power to choose in the midst of terrible things. I’ve done this many times in my life. When I wrecked my motorcycle and was in the hospital I remember making the decision as they took me off the helicopter that I was going to keep the right attitude. I chose the attitude that I would have while I was laying in that hospital bed.

Through anything, you have the power to choose something.

Ninety percent of our lives are the product of the choices we make. We like to thing that we are just victims of every circumstances but if we’re honest with ourselves, we have chosen to be where we are. You are a product of your own choices. Take responsibility for your life.

The Bible says “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” Deuteronomy 30:19

God gives us the power of choice. You can choose who you will serve every day. The book of Joshua says, “Choose this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua chose to serve the Lord.

I posted this on Face Book the other day:

If it comes to success or being kind…choose kindness.

If it comes down to having money or love…choose love.

If it comes down to selfishness or generosity…choose generosity.

If it comes to turmoil or peace…choose peace.

If it comes to noise or quiet…choose the quiet.

If it comes to being driven or contentment…choose contentment.

If it comes to anger or reason…choose reason.

If it comes down to discouragement or joy…choose joy.

If it comes down to a good attitude or a bad attitude…choose good.

The greatest power you have is the power of choice.

 

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Tim Tracy

Cabin Fever Coffee Shop, 312 Clinton Street, Defiance, OH, 43512