Like I said yesterday, choose is my focus word for 2012. I have many more things to choose in addition to choosing to be spontaneous.
Jimmy gave a short talk/invitation at our Wednesday night church service a couple of weeks ago. He said that we are not forced to serve and obey God or follow Jesus. It is our choice. A choice that we all must make. By not choosing to serve God, we are choosing not to serve Him. That got me to thinking....every action and reaction we make is a choice. And we are in control of our choices. From the big choices, the ones that affect the salvation of our souls, to the multiple small ones we make on a daily, even hourly basis, that may also affect our service to God.
So this year I want to make myself aware of the choices I make. I want to choose the better thing, each and every time. How do I know which is the best choice? Some are easy. Some are hard. But the answer is always found in God's Word, which leads me to my first choice.
1. Choose to spend time in God's Word. Daily. More than once a day. I began reading the Bible in 90 days for the 3rd time on January 2nd. I didn't start on January 1st, because I just decided that I wanted to do this again on December 31st, and then I spent a couple of days contemplating how I wanted to do it. Did I want to read the Bible straight through? Which version did I want to use this time? Did I want to read the Bible chronologically? Which chronological plan should I use? Where were the 90 day chronological plans? After much going back and forth, and actually starting two different plans on January 1, I decided to use the straight through the Bible in 90 days plan offered on You Version. I am using my iPad, and I am reading the English Standard Version, the version I read the first time I did this, one year ago. I still want to read the Bible chronologically, and I found a great one year plan that includes explanatory notes, but I am going to do it after I do the 90 day plan again. In addition to reading most or all of each day's readings first thing in the morning, I also am going to choose to read my Bible when I have little snippets of time instead of playing games on my iPad/iPhone. I like to take my turn with Words With Friends, or play a round of Moxie 2 or Solitaire when I have a spare moment....but this year I am going to choose to read one more chapter in my daily Bible reading.
2. Choose to continue to exercise. I met a huge goal for myself last year. Run a marathon. In fact, I ran two marathons last year. Now, that I have met the big goal, I was unsure of what my exercise goals should be. So my goal is to just continue. My short term goal is to complete the 63 day Insanity program, exactly as it is prescribed. I am currently on Day 23, and so far, so good. After completing Insanity, I am not sure what my exercise program will be, but it will involve getting back to running, and I will choose to continue exercising!
Right now I am going to have to choose to close this post and get on with my day. I have many other goals/choices to list, and I hope to get to that tomorrow!
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.