~Moving Towards Joy~ (Part 1)

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller, THE STORY OF MY LIFE (Pg. 191)

Each choice we make has a lasting effect on our lives. We make thousands of choices everyday starting the moment we wake up. They can be big choices, but most of the time they are small ones.

In the end thought all our small choices each day make the biggest impact on our lives for years to come. Like making the choice to do a healthy habit instead of one that seems harmless, till your stuck and just can’t seem to break it.

For me it’s reading. I want to read all day everyday and all night every night. I love to read. But it gets in the way of my life and keeps me from living. Instead of letting myself feel my emotions, I hide in a book. It might feel good right now, but in keeps me from having a future.

But choices that we make, and others make don’t just effect ourselves but others as well. We don’t think about how our choices right now effect ours and others future. It doesn’t seem significant till later when we look back and see how it has effected our future decisions.

“This right-now mentality can cause us to fail to weigh the long-term results of countless choices along the way, such as:

  • How we react or respond to a loved one.
  • Whether or not we create drama with someone who has hurt our feelings.
  • Whether we spend time with our Heavenly Father or push that time to another day.
  • Whether we say those words that will cause another person pain.” (Pg. 192)

I look back and see how much I have missed because instead of just feeling my emotions I picked up a book and hid away.

So I challenge you to really look at your everyday choices this week. See how they effect your now and how they may effect your future.

Do they bring you joy and good things now and in the future? Are they hard right now but will bring great results in the end? Or do they just give you a moment of satisfaction and then pain in the future?

I challenge you to truly look and see what you find. 🙂

(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 9 Pages 191-192 underlined)

~Till Tomorrow~

~Jen~

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