- When have you felt like the cards were stacked against you?
- When has it felt like we have no say in what happens to us?
- What can we do when we feel like this?
Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
I have been an educator for over 20 years. Most of my teaching skills have come from experience, but I have also had my share of meaningful teacher-training courses. One of the most valuable courses I've ever had was entitled “STAR Power—Successful Teaching for the Acceptance of Responsibility.” As an introduction to the course, the participants were asked to write a list of three things we could not do. (I remember writing, “I can't speak Japanese.”) When all of our lists were complete, the instructor told us, “Now change the beginning of each entry to “I choose not to...” As I rewrote my list, the proverbial light bulb of understanding went on for me. Like most people (including my students!) if I really and truly chose to, I could probably accomplish almost anything I set my mind to!
God has given us a remarkable gift in the ability to make choices for ourselves. We have the free will to respond and react however we choose in any given situation. And no matter what, God is always there to help guide our decision-making process. --Christine Conz Moll, former Mount Luther camper
Watch this video in which Oprah Winfrey and her guests remind us that we always have a choice.
Help us to always know that no matter what happens, we always have a choice. Remind us that you will always be there to guide us as we make those choices. Amen.