October 22, 2012
Choosing Your Way
Victor Frankl wrote, "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Think of all the things you can't control: how people will respond to you, your health, the choices your children make, how other people drive, the stock market, terrorism, war, and the list goes on. You may have some influence over a few of these things, but not complete control.
The one thing you can control is how you will respond to the situations you face. You can respond with anger, doubt, and self-pity—or with faith, hope, and love. Your attitude is completely under your control.
Again and again in the Psalms we encounter David in difficult situations—surrounded by enemies, struggling with sin, sinking in despair—and again and again we see his absolute resolve to think right: Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 43:5)
You and I can't control what happens today, but we can control our actions. Don't let your situations get the best of you today; no matter what you face, you can choose your own way.
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