Know Your Choices

20 Mar

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, ‘I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,’ that person cannot say, ‘I choose otherwise.'”  ~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R. Covey is known the world over for his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  There are many organizations that have studied his material.  Even the priests of the Diocese of Gary had a convocation a few years ago dedicated to studying the Seven Habits in order to see how they might fit into our personal and professional lives.

There are, indeed, common habits that can be seen in successful people.  They share the same goals and the same manner of achieving those goals.  They know how to view their world, how to discern among the many distractions, and how to key in on what is important.  In doing so, they plan their lives in a manner that will help them to achieve their goals.

There are, just as well, common habits among successful Christians.  The successful Christian dedicates a good amount of time to prayer.  The successful Christian performs the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  The successful Christian plans his or her day to give honor and glory to God rather than to self.

All of us are called to be successful Christians and all of us can achieve success.  It just depends upon the choices that we make every day, every moment, of our lives.

FAITH ACTION:  Ask God for the wisdom and discernment that you need in order to choose wisely today.

Remember:  The Fridays of Lent are Days of Abstinence