When I go to hit the “enter” button on my computer, I’m expecting a certain reaction. If I’m typing up something like a blog, I expect the cursor to return to the next line. If I’m typing up an email, I expect it to send. If I click on a file in one of my folders, I’m expecting a document or a picture of some sort to pop up. Whatever the case, I’m expecting a certain reaction.
You see, my computer is a machine. It was made to be manipulated. It was made to be programmed to do certain things. But unlike computers, people weren’t designed to be manipulated. We are creatures of free will, we can choose how we respond to certain situations.
Too many people are going around being controlled by the environment. They’re being controlled by the wrong people, certain life situations and circumstances.
If you’re allowing the wrong people to push your buttons, to get a rise out of you, you’re giving away your power. People push buttons expecting a reaction. Life challenges will come and go. But you can make the decision today, I will no longer be controlled by a circumstance or difficulty. My happiness doesn’t depend on others around me, my happiness depends on me.
People may push your buttons. Life may throw a curve ball at times. The neighbor’s dogs may not stop barking until 3am, but you can control your response. Instead of being reactive, be responsive. It’s one of the greatest things God has given us; our own free will, the ability to choose.
If life gives you every reason to get down, if the odds are against you; if your pet dog went to potty on the new carpet, don’t let a natural reaction of anger, sadness or defeat take over. That’s an opportunity to exercise your free will. Choose your response. You can choose disappointment, defeat, or you can choose happiness. You can choose peace.
When you take the high road and rise above it all, you’re taking back your power. Your attitude should be, “things may have taken a turn for the worst, but I won’t let that defeat me. I’m going to go about my day in gladness knowing greater things are in store. The day will turn around in my favor.”
You’re not a computer where life can hit a button and you’ll jump, leap and do tricks. You’re not an animal where people can throw a frisbee, and you’ll run and catch it in your mouth. No, you’re God’s own masterpiece. His most prized possession. He made you in His image.
You’re a person of free will and choice. You’ll do yourself the greatest favor when you choose happiness, and when you choose to laugh at the situation. Make the decision today that you’re going to get the last laugh. Don’t let a situation bring out your worst reaction, choose a response that will work out for your greater good!
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