shortbread

short, sweet, and to-the-point — by Keith Elder

“Choose Life”

It’s probably not what you think.  I’m not thinking about the big “Choose Life” you see on the bumper stickers; I’m thinking micro-choices, mini-choices.  (In no particular order….)

I choose life when I…

…choose a healthy meal or snack over the unhealthy options;

…drink more water and less soft drinks, caffeine, sugars, etc.;

…pack my gym bag the night before and go exercise first thing in the morning;

…read materials that motivate and inspire rather than bottom-feeder news;

…turn off the television and work on cool projects;

…go to bed at 10 or 11 at the latest;

…make a point of speaking to my neighbors and touching base with family;

…take time to read a psalm and sit with God a few minutes in the morning;

…help when I see a need I can fill;

…check my facebook a couple of times a day rather than twenty.

I choose life when I…

…write notes of encouragement;

…practice all along–rather than cramming for the test;

…listen more and talk less—particularly when praying;

…let go of those old ghosts of the past—the hurts, the failures, the debilitating shame;

…do my best to do my best—then move on;

…savor the beautiful, the excellent, the noble;

…ask people ahead of me on the path for their take on my situation;

…encourage those behind me on the path;

…stand up for the little guy;

…help somebody every day.

I choose life when I…

…remind myself that I am mortal, and I can’t do everything;

…downsize;

…just say no when I know I should just say no;

…remember my roots and the people who have believed in me;

…let a few trustworthy souls into what’s really going on in my heart and mind;

…stop comparing my weaknesses to other people’s strengths;

…seize the moment and savor the day;

…do unto others as I would have them do unto me  (Jesus’ idea);

…grow a moral spine and do the right thing;

…love better, deeper, wider.

I hope my list jumpstarts yours.  Choose life.

Keith   9/29/13

 

e-mail: keitheldermusic@gmail.com        website: http://keithelder.com

 

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10 thoughts on ““Choose Life”

  1. Missy R McGlathery on said:

    God always knows what we need to hear, and he used your words to speak to me this morning. Thank you for being His vessel to me today!

  2. Thank you. What a beautiful reminder.

  3. Good words…..great message! Hi Keith and Jean! Keith, I love your “shortbread” words of life. Food for the soul ! Love you guys!

    • Thanks for reading, Sharon… hope all is well in your world. Proud of you and all you do. You are definitely a part of the solution–whatever the problem. Hope to see you in the foreseeable future.

  4. Bert Derryberry on said:

    Good word Keith thank you hope you and yours are doing well

  5. Denise Cone on said:

    Keith, what a beautiful reminder!

    • Thanks so much, Denise. I have this sense that we are always one decision away from the center of God’s will…from peace and joy and life…and when we choose right, we feel it. Choose life over all the other options and the Kingdom comes. Thanks again for reading and for your encouraging word!

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