Tuesday, January 02, 2024

I Choose to Bear Fruit of the Spirit

 I'm using this daily devotional by Max Lucado I like how he begins his book by asking readers to choose, every day, wisely.

                                                       (Pear tree, in our neighbor's yard)


No occasion justifies hatred; 

no injustice warrants bitterness. 

I choose love. 

Today I will love God and what God loves. 


I will invite my 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 will live forgiven. 

I will forgive so that I may live. 


I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. 

Instead of cursing 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 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 will go without a dollar 

before I take a dishonest one. 

I will be overlooked before I will boast. 

I will confess before I will accuse. 

I choose goodness. 


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. 


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 a demand, may it be only of myself. 


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, 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 

and rest.

Lucado, Max. Grace for the Moment Volume I, Ebook: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year (pp. 25-26). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition