Cornell University completed a study saying we make 70 choices a day.
That number seems so low to me. Very low. I think that number assumes many actions are automatic. I believe everything except your body pumping blood and breathing is a choice. Actually, you can choose to hold your breath and not breath. Eventually your body will cause you to pass out and breathe for your anyway.
It may feel like we have no choice, things may feel overwhelming and compelling. We always have a choice. That’s why God gave us an inner voice to have discussions with ourselves.
It’s a choice to get out of bed, not pee on yourself and use the bathroom instead. To shower, brush teeth, what to eat or eat at all, to continue your day or go back to bed. It’s a choice.
Our emotions are our choices, too. We can choose to be mad or choose to forgive. We choose to focus on the negative or the positive. We can choose ultimately how we feel and react to things.
Don’t get me wrong, these choices take work and training. The human brain seems hard wired to find the negative. To see what’s missing, what we lack, to hold grudges, to hate, to get angry first, feel alone and rejected. These are easy emotions to induce but they take energy and leave you feeling yucky.
I read my Bible and gasp at the Isrealites. Nothing God did seemed good enough. Walking through the desert and thier shoes and clothes never wore out!! (My youngest destroys his shoes in less than a month). They had food fall from the sky, was just there every morning. When they were thirsty water would appear. They crossed a dangerous river on a dry bed. God told them where to go by following a cloud.
Miracle after miracle, yet the Isrealites were constantly griping and always fearing the worst. They even created a calf God to worship because God and Moses spent to long talking on a mountain, walking distance from them. I mean really!!! I say if God did all those things for me, I would be grateful… God convicts me…”Hey, Humility, look at your life, do you lack anything you need? Who provides for you?”
I want to be like David who must of always felt rejected and alone. His father didn’t even think David good enough to enclude him in the dinner with Samuel. David was annointed king and then went back to tending sheep. Before defeating Goliath, David’s brothers mocked him. Even though God chose David to be king, first he had to serve King Saul, who would occasionally throw daggers at his head. David had to flee the palace, leaving his best friend and his wife. Then David lived in caves on the run, not knowing if Saul would kill him or another enemy would. David’s life sucked, for seven years he was either servant or fleeing for his life.
David trusted God. Yes, he was realistic but so many of the Psalms spell out his fear and loneliness. Telling God thank you for being my everything. David’s faith and constant decisions to trust God are amazing.
Jesus is another example. His earthy family didn’t believe Him, they wanted to shut Him up and get Him help for His mental state. He wandered with no real home, serving. Everywhere He went everyone wanted something from Him. It was constant, the crowds followed Him. If they weren’t waiting for wonderful words and miracles, they were waiting to condemn Him.
Jesus didn’t get mad, didn’t yell and scream “Just leave Me alone, give me space.” He fed the people instead.
I want to be like David choosing continually to trust God and forgive others, no matter what they do to me.
I want to choose to praise God for what I have instead of complaining about what I lack. I want to choose to gratefully give of myself, instead of demand for myself. I want to honor God with all my thoughts and actions; instead of following selfish desires.
I want to choose praising words and a loving tone, instead of angry or demeaning. I want to make every choice to honor God, instead of honoring me.
This isn’t easy. It will take a lot of work and somedays I will fail completely other days I will only mess up occasionally. God will forgive me when I fall short.
As I remember to give of myself to honor God; to choose kind words that lift and encourage; as I concentrate on the way God had blessed me, instead of what I lack; I look for the God in others, instead of their short comings; as I get out of bed and put in the effort of bettering myself because I’m God’s temple…
As I change my thought process, my thinking, understanding, and goals to honor God instead of myself, I will begin to see, feel and understand that this life God gave me is pretty great, God is constantly blessing me, and every action, every word matters.
I matter, God loves me and blesses me continually. You matter, God loves you and blesses you continually. This is truth but we have to make the choice to see it and pursue God’s love, grace, and attitude.
Humility Grace Mercy
All of Exodus
1st Samuel 16-31
All of Psalms
Nehemiah 9:5-25 NASB
 Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever! O may Your glorious name be blessed And exalted above all blessing and praise!  “You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.  “You are the LORD God, Who chose Abram And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees, And gave him the name Abraham.  “You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite- To give it to his descendants. And You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous.  “You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And heard their cry by the Red Sea.  “Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants and all the people of his land; For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them, And made a name for Yourself as it is this day.  “You divided the sea before them, So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground; And their pursuers You hurled into the depths, Like a stone into raging waters.  “And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go.  “Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.  “So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses.  “You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them.  “But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.  “They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.  “Even when they made for themselves A calf of molten metal And said, ‘This is your God Who brought you up from Egypt,’ And committed great blasphemies,  You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go.  “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst.  “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.  “You also gave them kingdoms and peoples, And allotted them to them as a boundary. They took possession of the land of Sihon the king of Heshbon And the land of Og the king of Bashan.  “You made their sons numerous as the stars of heaven, And You brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers to enter and possess.  “So their sons entered and possessed the land. And You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, And You gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land, To do with them as they desired.  “They captured fortified cities and a fertile land. They took possession of houses full of every good thing, Hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive groves, Fruit trees in abundance. So they ate, were filled and grew fat, And reveled in Your great goodness.