I Choose Love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today, I will love God and what God loves.

     I Choose Joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical, the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

     I Choose Peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

     I Choose Patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Rather than complaining that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with a smile.

     I Choose Kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone; kind to the rich, for they are afraid; and kind to the unkind, for so God has treated me.

     I Choose Goodness. I will go without a dollar before taking a dishonest one. I will see good in others when it is hard to find. I will confess instead of accuse.

     I Choose Faithfulness. Today, I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not doubt my love. My children will never fear that their father or mother will fail to come home.

     I Choose Gentleness. Nothing worthwhile is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

     I Choose Self-Control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek God’s face.

     “Family Matters,” Augusta Road church of Christ