Choosing to Make a Pearl

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore and I know I’m not alone. But I do ask God for a new word every January. So far, it’s a toss up between pearl and choose. I’ve already been using pearl a lot (maybe that says something about me that goes even deeper than I’ve realized, but that’s a subject for another day). Making a pearl requires two things – I have to first, choose to remind myself and second, act on it, purposely making a pearl by praying and giving the situation to God. If I don’t choose to do it, it doesn’t happen. 

I read somewhere that whatever you’re not changing, you’re choosing. It’s easy to make a passive choice by doing nothing, which results in no changes. So no matter what your word or resolution is, the key to making anything happen is choosing to act on it. I can tell myself all day long to make a pearl, but if I don’t take the time to analyze what’s happening in my mind, turn to God in prayer, ask him to give me patience, peace and equanimity to start covering that irritant and then guide me with his grace in surrender, trust and dying to self, no pearl will form. 

We all make choices every day, some more difficult than others. Jesus made choices too, from deciding to empty himself to become a human, to rejecting the temptations set before him by Satan and then the most difficult one of all – to surrender himself to death on a cross. Thinking of the choices he made has helped me decide: this year I choose to choose. What I choose to do and to think affects everything in my life, all day, every day. Making the right ones, though sometimes difficult, will definitely be a change for the better for me. May your year also be filled with right and good choices. 

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

One thought on “Choosing to Make a Pearl”

  1. Thank you, Tammy! I agree with your premise of choice. One must be aware and present in the moment to recognize opportunity to make a change. There are so many things to distract us from the reality of now, this moment! May we be aware of the Holy Spirit’s nudges in the moment…

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