10 Game Changing Choices You Can Make

1. Choose to be happy

That is right, happiness is a choice. It is not a natural disposition or a matter of favorable circumstances. Choosing to be happy has no down side. It makes things better for everyone…including you!

2. Choose to not be offended

Make people work really hard to offend you this year. After all, why should you have a bad day because someone ELSE is insensitive? Don’t let other people’s problems become your problem.

3) Choose to control impulses

Often the things we DON’T say, post or tweet are our best decisions of the day. Just let it go. You don’t have to respond. You just don’t…

4) Choose to not do dumb crap

For me, this comes down to a simple question, “Could anything good possibly come from what I am about to do?” If the answer is “no” or “probably not,” don’t do it.

5) Choose to forgive

Forgiving does not let the people who hurt us off the hook. It frees us from bitterness and hate. Forgiving someone gets them out of your head and breaks their control over you.

6) Choose to reboot your dreams

Dreams keep us engaged, fill us with hope and keep us working hard. Remember to differentiate between a dream and a pipe-dream. A dream is something achievable through sacrifice, planning and hard work. If your dreams do not fit this definition, recalibrate them…and then crack at it!

7) Choose where you expend energy

Before you allow yourself to get angry or become frustrated, ask yourself, “Why would I allow this person or situation steal my energy?” Just because people might behave badly, the line isn’t moving or you have been on hold for 20 minutes, really isn’t worth your energy. Save your best energy for the people that love you!

8) Choose to believe

Faith is a wonderful thing! Having something to believe in nurtures our spirits, gives circumstances context and reminds us that the cosmos is bigger that “us and ours.”

9) Choose to live healthy

Things like eating smart, getting plenty of exercise and living more simply add both quality and quantity to our lives. Health is not just the absence of illness; it is a lifestyle.

10) Choose to love

Unconditional love does not necessitate unconditional approval, nor does it require you to enter the dysfunction or drama of another person. Love is choosing to have people in your life; speaking truth, staying at the table and sharing the journey. Love gives and receives. If you are only giving (and giving) and not receiving anything, that is the definition of a host and parasite, not love.

There is no better use of time as we near the end of a pandemic than to think about our choices. By making healthy choices we accentuate our joys and lessen our burdens.

Choose well.

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. He is the author of the book, “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.” and the blog “12 Things I See Happy People Do (That Unhappy People Do Not).”


Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it.

16 thoughts on “10 Game Changing Choices You Can Make

  1. I see a lot of wisdom in this email from a Methodist minister. If you want take a look and see what YOU think.


  2. My new favorite reads: Anything by Rev. Shane L. Bishop. I always come away feeling so much “lighter”!
    I am going to print this and post it as a reminder on my mirror where I get ready for my day!

  3. Good words to live by. I’m a little disappointed in number eight though. As a Christian shouldn’t we be pointing people specifically to Jesus rather than referencing “something to believe in” and “the cosmos is bigger than us and ours”?

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