Sunday, July 18, 2010

EVERY DAY I MUST CHOOSE

Every day
I must choose

Every day
I must choose to forgive
and to seek forgiveness
in the most near and common relationships

Every day
I must choose to let go resentments,
releasing grievances, self-pities and jealousies
that would barnacle and weigh down
my soul

Every day
I must choose to release my will to control outcomes,
realizing I cannot control people or things,
only influence with love

Every day
I must choose grace over judgment,
mercy over a sense of self-justification and
entitlement to redress

Every day
I must choose to see beyond my needs and desires,
to perceive my complicity and responsibility
in the basic survival of millions far
and neighbors near

Every day
I must choose to express the Kingdom
instead of hiding my light or squandering
the gifts I've been given,
the opportunites before me

Every day
I must choose gratitude over complaint,
joy over solemnity,
peace over disharmony,
hope over despair,
life over death

Every day
I must choose to awaken to the life of God
given to me as a precious gift
to generously give away 


Photo: this stained glass window is in the Prescott Prayer Chapel on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

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