Here are five choices.

 Choices Made, Make Us.

Pastor David Jeremiah says; “No one drifts towards holiness.” Since this statement is true, we then must be intentional about our faith and lifestyle. Therefore, my wife and I practice these five choices. We do this, not flawlessly, but with an intentional mindset to become more like Christ.

1. Live life amazed

Astounded! Yes, I am continually amazed by my own life’s history. Jesus loves me, my wife trust me, and I’m living a life many in this world cannot imagine.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

“A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude.”– Earl Nightingale

“The last of all human freedoms is the ability to choose one’s own attitude in any set of circumstances.”– Victor Frankl

2. Practice generosity

Fulfill the practice of charity, by giving tithe and offerings to your church, financially supporting missionaries, and giving to the poor. There is no greater reward than to know your money is spreading the gospel while helping those in need locally and in distant lands.

“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9 NKJV)

“Money-giving is a good criterion of a person’s mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.” — Dr. Karl Menninger

“There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.” — Colonel Sanders

3. Overflow with gratitude

It is heartening to hear the words, ‘thank you’ from someone we helped. Think how it will be a blessing for others when we say, ‘thank you.’ Living with an attitude of gratitude is our ‘happy place.’

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalms 100:4

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

4. Friend the disadvantaged

“Two guys talking to each other while sitting on a bench in a snowy park in Scranton” by Anna Vander Stel on Unsplash

Dare to help one or two people in your life who do not have the where with all to give back to you except a verbal, ‘Thank You.’ Financial assistance and spending time over lunch together is a thoughtful expression of concern for them.

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” — Walter Winchell

5. Build strong faith

Jesus said, “I will build My church”. For one to claim Christianity and not regularly attend His church is preposterous. I realize their are times church attendance is not possible. We grow our faith in Christ together and collectedly we have the resources to deliver His gospel to the world. Building faith establishes the relationship we have with Jesus through reading His word, prayer and assembling together with those of like faith.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

“Faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” — Daniel Webster

“A bright neon on a brick wall in a store” by Austin Chan on Unsplash

Optimism is a choice to build a resilient lifestyle which thwarts the turbulence of doubts, dashed hopes and rejections we face. However it, (optimism), must have pillars to sustain its buoyancy. Put two, three or all five of my choice components in place for optimism to soar in your life.

Thank you for reading.

Richard