The word choice comes from the Old English word chis, meaning fastidious, or to me, discriminating. This is an important distinction; we cannot rush through our choices, not if we elect to follow God’s light. We open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit, allowing God’s heaven to lead our lives; this begins within and shines out for all to benefit.
From Psalm 18: “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” From this stronghold, we learn patience, but a different kind of patience. We learn to endure all that tries to bury us in hatred, racism, and anger. God does not want this for us.
Victor Frankl writes in CAC message today: “The way in which a person accepts their fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which they take up their cross, gives them ample opportunity—even under the most difficult circumstances—to add a deeper meaning to their life.”
Meditate on what this one sentence means in and for your life. When we yield our passions to God, living a life reflecting the teachings of Jesus, we glorify and honor His name.
© Russell Kendall Carter