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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Choices Matter

"A group of friends visited their old university professor. Conversation soon turned to complaints about 'STRESS & TENSION' in life. Professor offered them coffee & returned from kitchen with coffee in different kinds of cups!!! (glass cups, crystal cups, shining cups, some plain looking, some ordinary and some expensive) When all of them had a cup in hand, the professor said, 'if you noticed, all the nice looking and expensive cups are taken, leaving behind the ordinary ones! Everyone of you wanted the best cups and that is the source of STRESS & TENSION!! What you really wanted was 'coffee', not the 'cup' but you still went for the best cup. If life is coffee then jobs, money, status and love are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. Please don't let the cups drive you! Enjoy the Coffee.....!!!


What is Life? They say its from birth to death but what's between the birth and death? It's a choice. Our life is a matter of choices."


Choose Jesus. If you want an abundant life, choose Jesus. John 10: 10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". (abundantly). When you choose Jesus you are choosing life. John 17: 3, "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Jesus said the way to the Father is through the Son. If we have a relationship with Jesus we know the One and Only God and we have eternal life! Jesus came to Earth to make a way for us to live eternally and to know God through a relationship with Him while we are on earth.


Choose joy because happiness is not enough. My definition of joy is the all knowing that God is in control. Even if things are hard we know that He will take care of us. There are times we are too focused on ourselves or our situation to see God's goodness! Look back at the tough times in your life to see He has been faithful beyond measure! God wants us to worship Him and be grateful. We have so many reasons to thank Him. Psalm 100: 2, "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." When we do this we find ourselves less stressed and we feel grateful!


"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." Adjust your thinking! Choose Jesus and joy!

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