When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Choice and Accountability

The greatest battles of life are fought in the silent chambers of the soul.
--David O. McKay--

When we first moved to this small town in the mountains, I immediately loved it.  but it wasn't long before I discovered the one thing that I really don't always like about it. It is a very small town.  When one of my girls first got into trouble at school, I heard about it at the Post Office before she ever got off the school bus in the afternoon.  If one of them are fighting with their friends, I hear about the fight, what was said, what was done, and whose fault it probably is, long before the child tells me herself.  It has been a very difficult thing for me to get used to.  
There are also some good things about it.  When someone gets an award at school, everyone who sees them congratulates them by name.  They see their school teachers at church, at the store, or in the local restaurants.  The entire school turns out to the sporting events (and so does most of the community).  When your child succeeds at anything, everyone knows and is happy for them.    
Every choice we make has consequences.  Probably, many of them are not quite as immediate as they are in my small town, but they are there nevertheless.  I think it is important to realize that we all get to choose much more in this life than we think.  We choose how we will react, what we will say, what we believe, what we hope and even what we dream.  Most of all, we get to choose our own attitude about how we are going to cope with whatever trials and difficulties come our way.    
I have learned in my life that we all make choices.  Some are good choices, and some are bad ones.  I have also learned that we have a loving Heavenly Father who does not love the sin, but completely loves the sinner.  He can forgive us where others might struggle to do likewise.  He knows when the heart is repentant and the soul really wants to come home.  He is the reason that I can look through my past, toward a better and brighter future.  He is the reason that I treasure my choice.  

"When you choose the first step on the path, you also choose the last".

Today...I Can Choose
Author Unknown
Today comes with built in decisions, great and small.  The clothes I put on, the road I travel, the people whose lives I touch...in fact, nearly everything in my day depends  on how I choose. Today I can choose to carry the blame myself, or to hold out a helping hand...to shout out loud in anger, or to wait ten seconds...to cloud someone's mind with doubt, or to lift a heart with encouragement.
Today I can choose to count stars or to count mud puddles.  When I go to the store, I can choose to see how much there is to buy instead of how much I have to pay.  When I get stuck in traffic, I can see, in every other car, a person just as important as me. Today, because I live in a free land, there are a thousand things I can choose: The neighborhood I live in, the friends I laugh with, the work I do, the thoughts I think, the dreams I dare. And what I will become, in spite of my fears and failures, in spite of the talents I lack, in spite of all the privileges I never had, depends on how I choose to challenge myself today. For I have power, if I choose, to act instead of complaining...to speak out instead of cherishing a hurt...to seek justice instead of getting even...to love the world instead of waiting for the world to embrace me first. What I choose today may well be the cause of my tomorrow.  Today...I shall live as I choose. 
Let me choose wisely and well...


  1. I'm so glad you chose to be a blogger! . . . Do any of the folks in your small town read your blog?

  2. Thank you, both of you, for that. I started today to write something totally different, and this is what evolved instead. I don't think anyone in my small town reads what I write, although several know that I write, they just don't usually read. I love it anyway. There is something about writing that just lifts my spirits and makes me feel like I am doing something that matters.

  3. Wow! I have always thought it would be cool to live in a tiny town. Isn't it weird to be there, and have a public blog which seems private? LOL! Life is so wildly strange and unpredictable! :D

  4. Thanks for linking up to NOBH. I used to live in a small town in MO and it was a very hard adjustment. So hard in fact we moved:)

  5. Small towns can take getting used to but I love them. :)

  6. I live in a city that is not too big, but it's not as small as yours either. But, news still seems to travel fast around here and I always have to watch what I say to others because everyone seems to be linked to people that I know! Thanks for sharing this post on NOBH! love your blog template!