Thought of the Day January 12, 2017

By 10:59 AM

"Choices make the difference. Two people are in the same accident and severely wounded. They did not choose to be in the accident. It happened to them. But one of them chose to live the experience in bitterness, the other in gratitude. These choices radically influenced their lives and the lives of their families and friends. We have very little control over what happens in our lives, but we have a lot of control over how we integrate and remember what happens. It is precisely these spiritual choices that determine whether we live our lives with dignity." (Henri Nouwen) Many times we can't avoid the things that happen in our daily lives. But how we respond is under our control. We can respond from the core of our fallen nature, which St. Paul calls the Law of sin or we can respond form the core of our redeemed nature, which he identifies as the Law of the Spirit. The former leads us into the darkness of sin; the latter brings us into the light and life of grace. Those are our real choices. When we fall into a pit of snakes, we can spend our time fighting the snakes or figuring a way to get out of the pit. Exercise the right choice that gives real control if we want to really live a fuller life.

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