Life. It’s full of twists and curves. The things we dream…. Sometimes come true. But sometimes, sometimes our lives are filled to the brim with unexpected challenges, hurdles, and surprises.
We never saw them coming.
I wouldn’t have chosen some people or things that have come into my life over the years. I certainly wouldn’t have chosen tears that I shed, or having a broken heart from time to time. I wouldn’t have chosen the scars that I still tuck deep inside. I wouldn’t have chosen certain challenges and hurdles that I’ve had to face. No. I wouldn’t have chosen them at all.
But they came. And I had to face them. I had to make decisions regarding them.
I had to choose who I was going to be THROUGH them, AFTER them, and BECAUSE of them.
I had to choose whether or not I would be shaped and identified by things in my life.
Sometimes those choices were easy. Having a strong faith makes certain decisions easy – even if the task in front of you is hard. But some of those choices were very, very hard. I had to face my own pride, selfishness, fears, and flaws. And I had to decide how I was going to proceed with my life from that point on.
We do not get to choose what happens to us in life. Oh, how I know we all wish we could! We can orchestrate and plan and control as much as we are able – yet still – we can never control it all. We don’t get to choose how other people will react, what attitudes they will take, how our bodies will handle things, or where we will be at what point in time when nature shows us who is really in command.
We can only choose what we will do about it. We can only choose how it will shape us.
But from where I sit? Those are the most important choices of all. For they dictate so much about the rest of our lives.
No choice in life is ever small. Small choices always lead to bigger choices. So choose wisely. LIVE wisely. And as things unexpectedly get thrown at you, know that those are the defining moments for your life.
The moments of choice.