Fired up for Life on Friday

My parish priest is an amazing homilist. Well forever ago he did a homily that just resounded in me from the readings and Gospel!  It was themed on how we all have choices.

We can choose life or death!
We can choose to walk our faith or not.
We can choose to be a disciple or not.
This  resonated within me because, that week, I had just written in  my journal at adoration how we have choices with family, with finances, with food, with life…..
Something I like to think about is how Jesus had choices:
He could have disobeyed Mary and Joseph when they went to find him at the temple.  They told him to come home with them.  HE was God made man.  He could have said no….but he said yes I will obey.
He could have given in to all the temptations during his 40 days in the desert.  Yet he chose to become stronger by making sure his yes meant yes and his no meant no!
And finally he could have kept himself from ever having to endure the cross.  Instead he chose LIFE!
He chose LIFE for us….he chose LOVE for us….HE CHOSE US!!!
My challenge to ALL of us is to say YES to….
Loving ourselves…
Loving our neighbor…
Loving our enemies…
Loving our daughters….our sons…
Loving our spouse…
Loving one another!
Truly…AGAPE…kind of love.

We must remember that each choice we make can be for life or death.
What does that mean?
To me it is:
Are my actions, my words, my thoughts life giving or taking?
Am I wounding and harming my relationship with my husband if I snap at him about his shoes in the middle of the room?   Instead can I smile, love him, and think:  I am so grateful his shoes are there because that means he is home and safe with our family.
Am I giving life to my family when I feed them nourishing food and ensure we have great conversation at the dinner table….or are we taking away from our family life when we all go in different directions?
Some of my big life decisions, were they life giving or taking?
I like to think and hope and desire all I do is about life giving.  This is what I strive for.  Because if I am life giving, then I am nurturing my family in a way that will continue to bond us.  I am nurturing in a way that will strengthen my daughter as to encourage her to continue to be the amazing Godly woman she is becoming.  I am nurturing relationships around me to share about our passions and concerns.
Walk with me…
Run with me…
Get FIRED up about life with me…
Let’s all make LIFE CHOICES today!  
What a wonderful, glorious day it will be!
blessings and hugs always,
***Remember I would love to hear any thoughts or comments to this post!

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