Live Deliberately

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

As many of you know, I have been traveling around China for the past 8 weeks. One of the things I love about travel is it helps refocus me. Things often get confusing or difficult, but I realize how much fun daily life can be when I truly take the time to just enjoy each moment as it comes.

I think travel can teach us a lot about daily life. It's been my observation that life too gets confusing and difficult. Perhaps if we lived deliberately all of the time, we could see the fun and adventure that is right in front of us.

Recently, I was reading an excerpt from a Max Lucado book. It made me think about enjoying each challenge as it comes. I'd to share it with you for my devotion today.

"It’s quiet.  It’s early.  For the next 12 hours I’ll be exposed to the day’s demands.  It’s now that I must make a choice.  And so I choose—love. I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy.
I choose peace. I will live forgiven.
I choose patience—Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I’ll thank God for a moment to pray.
I choose kindness—for that’s how God has treated me.
I choose goodness.
I choose faithfulness.  Today I’ll keep my promises. My wife will not question my love.
I choose gentleness.  If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I choose self-control.  I will be impassioned only by my faith and influenced only by God.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When this day is done, I’ll place my head on my pillow and rest."

From "When God Whispers Your Name"

Zach Herzog

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