September 5

Reflection

The journey of life is marked by choices.  We can replay the path we have travelled and mark the points where we could have gone other ways. Just one simple choice can change the direction of a life. The choices we make are determined by our attitudes. Choices reveal what we really want, love, and think. Being responsible for our own choices, we can blame no one else for the results. Each choice creates a ripple effect on our lives as well as on the lives of others. Our choices have set the direction to where we now stand. Some were rational, some were intuitive and others may have been mindless. Yet, all were significant. We were molded by them and we were changed by them. The person we are now is the result of the sum of our choices. The person we are becoming will include choices yet to be made.

Prayer

O Lord, lead me in right ways.

Action

Review significant choices you have made. Where did they lead you? Accept and understand your own responsibility.

Suggested Reading

I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live.
Duet 30:19

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Cor 3:17

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philip 4.6-7

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
Roy Disney

Life is the sum of all your choices.
Albert Camus

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.
Author Unknown

You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.
W.Clement Stone

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt  

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.
Thomas Merton

I fought all my life for women to make their own choices, in their personal and professional lives. I made mine.
Hillary Clinton

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