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, November 20, 2014

Gratitude for Choice

May we be filled with gratitude
For the 
Right of Choice.
Accept the 
Responsibility of Choice,
And ever be Conscious of the
Results of Choice."
Thomas S. Monson

Sometimes, it is hard for me to be grateful for choice.  Maybe it is that I really wish that I could go backwards and not make the same mistakes.  I with there was a way to erase the past and put it so far behind me that I can't find it anymore.  I think that the hardest person for me to forgive is always myself.  Today I am trying to be grateful for the right of choice.  I know that it is the only path that we follow.  
When I am busy wishing that someone would tell me what to do, or make the choice for me, I realize that that would really fill me with resentment and even anger.  I don't want others to choose for me, I just want to do the right thing, at the right time and for the right reasons.  I know that although I get to choose, I don't get to choose the consequences.  Those are there whenever we make our choices.  
Today, I want to feel gratitude for the God-given gift of free-agency.  He didn't just "make" me do anything.  It is all my choice.  I sometimes don't understand His wisdom, I often don't understand His mercy, And I can't even begin to understand His grace, but I know it is there.  I know He loves me through all the bad choices as well as the good ones.  I know that He is there. As I fill my heart with gratitude, it helps me to choose to be a little bit closer to Him.  And that is one choice that I am so very happy to make.  


  1. This was a great post on choices. We should be grateful for our agency; is a precious gift. However, it is hard sometimes to make the right choices. It's all a work in progress.

  2. Hi Patty! :D My family and I just watched the movie "Meet the Robinson's" again tonight. This movie reminds me that we need to be thankful for ALL our experiences and choices that make us who we are - EVEN THE MISTAKES/WRONG CHOICES. As it was mentioned, we learn A LOT MORE from our mistakes. And thanks to our Father in Heaven's perfect Plan of Happiness, Christ's GRACE through His infinite Atonement is there to erase our sins that we learn from, and even make things work out for our GOOD. We need not feel like our mistakes ruin our lives or make them worse; so long as we repent and learn from our mistakes, the Grace of our Savior insures that our lives are BETTER off, not worse. :) I truly believe this! Our Savior will mend our wounds and make right all the wrongs, in time. This life is only temporary, and all we learn here will bless us for eternity. So, when we make mistakes, we need not dwell on our mistakes, but instead, ponder on the blessings of all that we learned from them. :) I love you, Patty. Hugs to you each day... Corine :D