Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thankful Thursday, The choice is yours.


Lately I have been thinking a lot about choices. I don’t know why but I have. Over my life I think I have made some great choices. Yes I have made some bad ones too but for the most part my choices have been good ones. I don’t always know what causes me to make good decisions but somehow I just do. Some other people don’t make sound decisions;

Take this guy the other day in traffic. I was in one of those long merge zones where the road goes from two lanes to one. I just happened to be right at the end of the merge zone (which was about 1000 ft long) when traffic came to a standstill. All the cars were in a nice neat line. From behind me, I saw a motorcycle approaching rapidly in the other lane. Apparently he didn’t see the “merge left” sign or he just didn’t care. He continued to speed along and I was starting to think he wasn’t going to stop. I was about 4 feet behind the car in front of me which was also stopped. When the guy got right beside me he simply turned left and pulled in front of me sideways. Now how smart is that?

Shortly after that we started moving and as we got just down the road a bit he proceeded to pass about 20 cars with a sharp turn approaching. There was a double yellow line but he didn’t seem to care. Some people are like that. They just don’t care about themselves or others. Funny thing is when I got where I work he was pulling into the building next to mine just a few seconds before me. I am glad that I am not like that. I do care about myself and others which brings me to my thankful items;

I am thankful that I continue to push myself and workout. I really do want to get into shape and the exercising is starting to pay off. Even though I don’t seem to be losing any weight my pants are getting looser. Sometimes I feel like I just don’t have the energy to do it but I press on. I almost skipped out on my body pump class this week but I am glad I went. It was a good decision to go. The class was packed and it was a lot of fun. I may never be in “great shape” but I keep working at it.

1 Corinthians

16Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

(I keep working on my temple even if it kind of looks like an old shack.)

I am thankful that I have a good job and that I am able to do it well. No matter what or how much my boss throws at me, I somehow get through it. I sometimes think that upsets people around me. They get an assignment and do nothing but whine about it. When I get an assignment I just do it and get it behind me. Yes that leads to more work but I get a lot done and in the end I go home just like the rest of them only with a better attitude. It was a difficult choice to come here because it meant a pay cut but it has been well worth it.

I am thankful that when I was in the traffic situation mentioned above I had the patients not to lay on the horn like a lot of people would do. I had that choice, he most likely had it coming but I made the choice to act civilized and be the bigger person. I know some people who would have even inched forward a bit till they almost bumped him. I will let God handle him.

I am thankful for the rain we had last night. Our garden is starting to look really good and a little rain should make it look even better. The rain also washed away some pollen so I am feeling a bit better today. Although I could take more medications and most likely feel better in the short term I think that it is best to take as few as possible. I am not nearly as drowsy today as I have been. Maybe the worst is behind me now.

I am thankful for all the other opportunities that I have been given. I am a workaholic but that is better than being lazy and not working at all. Years ago, when I just got out of high school I had a really easy job. I didn’t make much money but it was very easy work and most likely I could have stayed there and worked without a care in the world. But instead I made the decision to join the Navy and I think that was a great choice. When I hear about old friends who have done nothing with their lives I know I made some good choices. Ok maybe do know why I have made some great decisions. I had a little help. Thank you God.

I think God gives us choices every day. What we do with them is up to us. I Pray that you are making good choices with the opportunities that God gives you.

Have a great day,

Greg

17 comments:

SusanD said...

The motorcycle guy is an idiot! Sorry to use that strong word. But really. Who does that? He must not value his life or the lives of others.

You are so right about choices. Thanks for sharing. I'm never disappointed with your posts. Funny with a purpose.

Have an awesome day. Blessings, SusanD

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

You have a great post here today Greg. I know in these hard times, there are many without jobs, so I am glad that you have one and are thankful for it!

Thanks for hosting this!

Jane In The Jungle said...

I just don't get the motorcycle thing...I had one cut off a corner in front of me and the preceed to do a wheelie to accentuate the point???????
Great list Greg!

Terri Tiffany said...

First, I glad you remained patient with that motorcyclist-my husband wouldn't have:)
You are always busy and that is a good example for your children:) It goes a long way!

The Money Paradise said...

your blog looks great.

Heckety said...

I agree with you totally on all your different points- we are lucky to have God shaping our decisions, its better to be a bigger person and respect yourself whatever it takes, and work is good too.
Best wishes from another old shack!!

The Bug said...

My pet peeve is that apparently in Ohio "LEFT LAND ENDS" means "STAY IN THE LEFT LANE & EVEN MOVE OVER INTO THE LEFT LANE" - I really don't get it. But I just stay in the CORRECT lane & let them hash it out...

I have a very easy job currently. In fact, I do very little actual work each day (I'm very efficient & there's not much to do). Some days I can hear the brain cells dying. I can't change jobs right now - but I hope the next one gives me a chance to use my brain!

Andrea said...

Indeed, we have many choices each day. Sometimes it is hard to take the high road and do things GODS way.
Blessings,
andrea

jamiely78 said...

Love your post. Your right, some people just don't seem to care. I wish people would cover everything they do, from simple tasks to big decisions, in prayer. Amazing what a difference it makes!

Carmen said...

Hi Greg! Great post on choices today...and my temple looks like and old shack too! I was doing so well and then I got sick for about a year and, well...the temple needs work! Loving your attitude of gratitude! Have a great day!

Wanda said...

We just lost a dear friend in a motorcycle accident. It was a rainy day, he was in a tunnel, and lost control and collided with a truck. He was I believe a safe rider, but good driver ~~ or jerk, like the one you mentioned...motorcycles are such a target for accidents. I was happy when my son sold his.

I love the verse in Cor. Yes, we need to look after these temples.

Good post Greg...as always.

Heart2Heart said...

Greg,

This truly was a beautifully written post that displays so much of God's love and gratitude for everything you have shared with all of us this week.

If you get a chance, stop by and participate in some of my giveaways, most of them end this weekend! I'd love to have you join!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

ME said...

God's Blessings to you and to your family.. good post,, I wish I always had good choices but sometimes I failed. I am thankful God's allowed U-TURN....by the way im following you...

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Amy said...

I appreciate your PO very much the picture with the article. Continues to refuel!!

Debbie said...

I am always thankful that people like that motorcycle guy don't get everyone killed. And very thankful I also have the patience to just sit there.

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