Wednesday, January 23, 2013


God gave me a big ol’ honkin’ reminder the other day that he’s in charge and he has set me free. I wasn’t particularly expecting it. I mean, I am the eternal optimist, but I tend to be all about expecting the best but planning for the worst.

Contingency Plans ‘R’ Us. J

I’ve always thought that Christianity, secondary to being about love, is about freedom. And when I get a taste of that on this earth … well, I’m just in awe.

I talked to someone who was intrigued by how I’ve done it. How I’ve broken free. Of Corporate America. Of negativity. You can say, “Don’t let the bastards get you down,” but sometimes that’s easier said than done.

How have I done it? It’s all by the grace of God, of course, and I am such a work in progress … but I have practical solutions, too. It starts with recognizing that He’s in charge, and then you’re in charge. You have a choice. There’s always a choice.

So make the correct choice. You know, the one that will ultimately make you happier.

Choose happiness … positivity … to believe you can … accepting responsibility … action … an open mind … helping others …peace … excellence …

Instead of depression … negativity … lack of self-esteem … blaming others or your circumstances … staying frozen in place … a closed mind … focusing on yourself … complaining ... mediocrity …

Usually it really is that easy. Choosing the higher road. When negativity comes your way … smile and say, “Well, bless your heart.” J

When depression and the winter blahs attack … go exercise, just say no to the drive-through, and put on an extra sweater. (It’s been so cold the last two days that I have, in fact, been wearing two coats out and about.) I have talked to umpteen dozen people lately who, when I suggest that they do xyz and break out of the winter blahs, get this look on their face like a light bulb has just gone off. Sometimes it’s just more of an agreeing that the winter blahs are in effect, whether it was in the front of their mind or not. And sometimes it’s a very grateful “oh yeah that sounds like a great idea, and I can’t wait to break out of the winter blahs.” I love those moments. I’m here to serve. And to remind you that you have a choice.

So choose freedom. God gave it to you. Recognize it when it’s staring you in the face. Run with it.

Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last. 

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