I like to think that every day brings us a new opportunity to grow. We get to choose what we accept, how we respond, who we surround ourselves with, and when we move forward. There is nothing more empowering than the power of free will, and I am so grateful that God has gifted it to us. It can make or break you, whether it’s your free will or someone else’s, and that’s where the magic happens.

Days get long and hard; People disappoint us and leave us frustrated; Cars break down, and unfulfilled days go by faster than we would like. We have no idea what lies ahead of us, but we have the option to face it with peace, acceptance, and even joy. I’ve lived the type of lifestyle where I impulsively respond to any inconvenience with fear and anxiety. I traveled down that road for a long time, allowing every circumstance to knock me down and throw me off if it was out of my control. I wasn’t grounded; I swayed and bent by the minute. It was exhausting! It wasn’t until I began to take every moment as an opportunity to cultivate health in my life that I started to experience peace and joy on a regular basis.

The fact that God has given us free will shows that He wants us to be genuine and desirable of what is good. He wants our love for Him to be our choice, so why wouldn’t that apply to everything else like our love for others, our trust in Him, accepting people for who they are, and our faith in what comes next? This is a powerful choice, and one that determines the course of our day. If we were to choose differently, we could choose to question others, doubt God, and believe that everyone has an agenda and that we aren’t going to be taken care of. Even talking about this brings heaviness to me that I never want to carry—the heaviness of an unhealthy mind and heart.

Most people don’t realize that they are in control of their happiness. Our day doesn’t have to be determined by the mood of our spouses, the traffic on the way to work, the grumpy customer, or the decisions of others. The only thing you have control over is yourself and the decisions that you make on a daily basis. You don’t have to carry the weight of everything life throws at you; you can choose to let it go. Choose to trust. Choose to believe. Choose to love.

If all of us practiced this instead of expecting everyone else to get it right, we would have a lot less drama. Take responsibility for yourself and the thoughts that cross your mind. Take ownership of your words and allow them to speak life and bring joy to those around you. Respond calmly and believe that everything is going to be okay. Don’t focus on the things you can’t control and instead begin practicing your power to choose.

Brooke Zimmerman

Friday, September 9, 2016 by Eikon Church