It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The day is coming. In a few moments, the hustle and bustle of the day will begin. The stillness of the dawn will be taken over by the noise of the day.

For the next 12 to 15 hours, you and I will be exposed to the day's demands. It's time I make a choice-I'm free to make a choice.

Today I choose love. No hatred, no bitterness, no anger. Today, I will love God and love all that God loves.

Today I choose joy. No cynicism, no judgment, no problems.

Today I choose peace. I will forgive as I have been forgiven and will forgive so I can live. Today I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world; I won't complain if I have to wait. I will thank God for a moment to pray in His presence.

Today I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor for they are alone. I'll be kind to the rich for they are afraid. I'll be kind to the unkind because that's how God treats me when I'm unkind.

Today I choose faithfulness. I will keep my promises; people will not question my words or motives. People will not question my compassion or love.

Today I choose gentleness. Nothing is truly won by force. I will raise my voice in praise not anger; I will make demands only of myself.

Today I choose self-control. I am a spiritual being. I will be controlled by my faith. I will be influenced by God and taught by Jesus.

To these choices, I commit my day. What choices will you commit to? If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will once again seek God's grace.

And then, with this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest in the glory and comfort of God's great love.

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Gary Liker is pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes