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Camino and Christmas: A time to reflect.

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I have always been fascinated by how attitudes - to situations and to others around us - seem temporarily changed for the good during times of anticipation or excitement. Both Christmas time, and the days leading up to a departure for Camino, seem to be examples of this phenomenon.

Charles Dickens even noted the phenomenon in "A Christmas Carol". It seems that many are almost overloaded with a season's long infusion of an Endorphin and Dopamine cocktail. :)

I always try to Resolve for New Year's to keep ahold of at least a smattering of these feelings the rest of the year. <Sigh>. . . as always, consistency is never my strong suit as it is wont to wax and wane. It is called "being human". So I frequently spend the beginning of most days reviewing something from Max Lucado that I read during devotional time a few years ago. I have posted it before, but I thought I would share it again in honor of this Season of various celebrations.
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It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Excerpted from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado
 

Dani7

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So beautifully written, it made me cry. Thank you. I shall keep these words close by to read often. Reminders of what’s important in life should be held near and dear.
 

AndreaCT

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2019 CP and Muxia
This a beautiful devotion. I'm at the computer, drinking coffee, it is still dark outside and I'm waiting for the day to arrive as it "roars down the track with the rising of the sun". Though, here in the West Coast it has been raining every day so I won't expect sun, but I can choose how I will live this day. Thanks for posting this Dave.
 

MTowers

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Sarria to Santiago in 2015 and Camino Finisterre in September 2017
Camino Portuguese from Tui 2018
I have always been fascinated by how attitudes - to situations and to others around us - seem temporarily changed for the good during times of anticipation or excitement. Both Christmas time, and the days leading up to a departure for Camino, seem to be examples of this phenomenon.

Charles Dickens even noted the phenomenon in "A Christmas Carol". It seems that many are almost overloaded with a season's long infusion of an Endorphin and Dopamine cocktail. :)

I always try to Resolve for New Year's to keep ahold of at least a smattering of these feelings the rest of the year. <Sigh>. . . as always, consistency is never my strong suit as it is wont to wax and wane. It is called "being human". So I frequently spend the beginning of most days reviewing something from Max Lucado that I read during devotional time a few years ago. I have posted it before, but I thought I would share it again in honor of this Season of various celebrations.
--------------------------------------------------

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose.

I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite Him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness. Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control. I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Excerpted from Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado
Thank you Dave. These are beautiful words and I totally agree with the other replies. I will read them time and again. Blessings.
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