Thank heaven for 2011
Day 1 blog for 1-1-11. I love it.
I’m so excited about 2011. As much as I always manage to have a positive refreshed attitude about each day I’m blessed with, I really love the new year because I believe every opportunity people can take to hit the “restart” button on their life, their relationships, their work and goals, the better. I often get asked how I stay so focused and upbeat. It’s actually pretty easy to feel so blessed when I expect nothing and appreciate everything! I really thank God for the health that I have to make it up Runyon, and the relationships in work and life that allow me to better myself each day. Life’s pretty awesome.
With that I had to share this prayer that I have folded up in my laptop case to read everyday. If you read my blog often, you know I believe hardcore in prayer. This is kind of my restart button each time I read it. It’s biblical, so I’m sorry if it offends anyone, but I just had to share it because no matter what question I have about work, bad temptations, people, even food (!) it helps. Whatever I’m dealing with, this message leads me to the right answer I had inside myself the whole time.
Enjoy the new year everyone.
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. Instead of choosing
the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so.
Rather than complain that the wait is too long,
I will thank God for the moment to pray. Instead of clenching 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 be
overlooked before I will boast.
I will confesss before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS
Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not
question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children
will never fear that their father will not come home.
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 only be in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it only of myself.
I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL
I am a spiritual being..
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.
I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy.
I will be impassioned only by my faith.
I will be influenced only by God.
I will be taught only by Christ.
I choose self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.
If I succeed, I will give thanks.
If I fail, I will seek his grace.
And then, when this day is done,
I will place my head on my pillow