My view from Tanner Creek is an inspirational, editorial, personal opinion blog.
My passion is for every person on the planet to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Power of Choice
Valentine’s Day's fast approach many book, magazine and newspaper articles as
well as radio, television and internet stories will be about the romantic bliss
we call love. And that’s wonderful. I love those stories when they are genuine
and portray the reality of the human condition. (The “human condition” is not
only about the bad. It can also be about the good and there is much good in
human behavior if we only look for it.) In light of this, let’s think today
about the power of choice—to love or not to love.
the amazing ability to choose good, transform life and in so doing, change the
future. Years ago as a much younger pastor I left the hospital after visiting a
parishioner and noticed I was in a particularly foul mood. I analyzed myself
and my feelings. Why was I feeling that way? The visit with the parishioner had
not been the cause. It had been pleasant and seemed to be productive. I had
given encouragement and assurance of the love of God and the church, as well as
me personally, what I shared had been well received.
walked to my car under heavily overcast skies, with a cold, biting,
moisture-laden wind blowing off the partially frozen St Joseph River, I
realized I had allowed weather conditions to dictate my attitude and emotions.
I realized if this had been a warm Spring day with green grass, leafy trees,
blooming flowers and a pleasant breeze blowing over sunlit, sparkling waters of
the beautiful St Joseph River, I would have been whistling and in a joyful mood.
So I chose to be happy! I discarded my sour mood and
started to do the things I normally do when I feel good—whistling as I walked,
smiling to myself, and thanking God for the beautiful world in which I lived.
When I did, I noticed I felt so much better. The wind did not feel as cold and
could even be described as refreshing. The clouds, that had been gloomy and
cold, now gave texture to the wintery scene. Life was good! Just because I had
chosen to be joyful!
amazed at how much my choice to embrace joy changed me and changed my attitude.
That life-transforming experience taught me I could choose joy even when I
didn’t feel it. I could choose love even when I didn’t receive it. I could
choose happiness, even when I had not received what I wanted and what I thought
would make me happy.
this Valentine Day approaches, if your romantic life is not all you would like
it to be, I urge you to choose joy. If you’re single and would rather not be,
embrace what is and rejoice anyway! If you don’t love your spouse as much as
you did in years past and have the urge to stray, choose to love your spouse
and give unconditional love—show it in whatever way you deem appropriate.
don’t think you can do that, if your situation is too discouraging and seems impossible,
I urge you to seek God’s help. He can be an amazing help if we just ask, and He
really does want to help you. God can help you
change your attitude and love your spouse whether or not he or she deserves it.
And being loved may help them deserve it. God can give wisdom to make good
decisions about the future of all your relationships.
the power of choice! My prayer for you, me, and the entire world in this
valentine season, is that we choose unconditional love for every person on this
I'm Rick Blumenberg . . .
and that's My View from Tanner Creek.
(Note: This article is a re-print from a Herald-Palladium newspaper "Insights" Column dated February 11, 2012.)
Bridgman, Michigan, Southwest Michigan, United States
Author of three books:
"The Prayer Support System: A plan to Strengthen the Local Church",
"Let's Get Down to Basics: An Introduction to Christian Living", and
"Standing with the Saints: A History of Yellow Creek Lake Camp/Ministry Center and Congregations of the church of God in Northern Indiana".