For those of you who have Facebook, you may understand the addiction. I check my wall nearly every day to see who has something to say. One thing I read on a friend’s post from Lovely Quotes of Love was, “We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It is up to us to make it good or bad.”

At first, I thought, “How true.” Then I remembered those at the Soup Kitchen who struggle from one day to the next. They weren’t dealt the same hand we were. Or were they? We all have the freedom of choice. What we choose now will determine future options. It may be easy for us to brush others off by saying, “They made bad choices.” But we do not know their story or why they are in difficult circumstances.

Still, I believe the quote is true. We were given life. We do not have to settle for what we are dealt. We can improve our life by what we remember. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) We can make each day good or bad by what we fix our minds on.

I’d like to take one more step by adding a few words at the end, “It is up to us to make it good or bad for other people.” We can actually increase the joy in our lives by helping those who can use assistance. It can be by giving them food or clothing, or by giving them what every person needs; respect and encouragement.

Life is about decisions. What choices are you making today that will improve someone’s life?

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Nancey, I like the way you’ve tied in the Soup Kitchen these last three blogs. The people there show us how some good people can end up in bad circumstances. Sometimes it is easy to think they got what they deserved. Yet if God gave us what we all deserved, we would be in very bad circumstances. Your use of the verse in Philippians encourages me to think on good things; everything comes from God and is ment to bring us to repentence for the evil we do and praise to Jesus for all He has in store for us, even if things don’t work out the way we expect. Abram expected a child from Sarai, but probably before she turned 90. I’ll bet there are some saints eating at the Soup Kitchen!


P.S. Answer to your question: Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for it. My wife is not always loving the way I expect her to be, but that is her problem; mine is to always love her. (Would you believe I’m not always successful?)


Good thoughts, Nancey. I’m improving my life by choosing to spend more time with the Lord, imitating Him, and worshipping and doing whatever I can to be more like Him. That should benefit me, and everyone around me.

Nancey West
May 12, 2013 7:19 pm

Thank you. I’m glad God has been able to use my words to help others.


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