You Have Two Choices

January 13, 2009 at 8:31 am 2 comments

The day started off badly with gale force winds.  We were sure a bad storm was on the way…the storm was already in our minds, in our lives.  The stormy weather never did come.  The winds died down; the sun shone brilliantly all day.  Dan and I ate lunch while sitting in the sunshine in the garden!

The storm in our minds calmed when we read what Edd e-mailed us this morning.  Please, read all of this, and then pray asking God’s help so you can make the best choices. — Anne and Dan

You Have Two Choices

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood.

When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply:

‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’

Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs,

so they could follow him around from restaurant to restaurant


Jerry was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there, telling him how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him

‘I don’t get it! No one can be a positive person all of the time.. How do you do it?’

Jerry replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two choices today. I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be in a bad mood.

I always choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be victim or I can choose to learn from it. I always choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the20positive side of life. I always choose the positive side of life.’

‘But it’s not always that easy,’  I protested.

‘Yes it is,’ Jerry said.

‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk every situation is a choice.

You choose how you react to situations..

You choose how people will affect your mood. 
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood.. 
It’s your choice how you live your life..’

Several years later,

I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business.

He left the back door of his restaurant open

 And then in the morning, he was robbed by three armed men.

While Jerry trying to open the safe box,

his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. 
The robbers panicked and shot him.

Luckily, Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body..

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, 
‘If I were any better, I’d be twins. Want to see my scars?’

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through 
his mind as the robbery took place.

‘The first thing that went through my mind was that I should 
have locked the back door,’ Jerry replied.

‘Then, after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or could choose to die. I chose to live.’

‘Weren’t you scared’ I asked?

Jerry continued, ‘The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine..

But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.

In their eyes, I read ‘He’s a dead man..

I knew I needed to take action.’ 
‘What did you do?’ I asked.

‘Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me,’ said Jerry. 
‘She asked if I was allergic to anything.’

‘Yes,’ to bullets, I replied.

Over their laughter, I told them: ‘I am choosing to live. 
Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’

‘Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.

I learned from him that every day you have the choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it.


The only thing that is truly yours – that no one can control or take from you 
is your attitude,

so if you can take care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier. 

You have two choices.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  January 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I totally agree with this story! This is the real truth that sets us free from every difficulty. I’ve lived it too through many hard times, difficulties, and griefs. Jesus teaches this lesson first by His “chosen good attitude” believing all of God’s Promises come true. God’s Promises do come true. However, we do have to put forth effort and align ourselves with the positive reality of our New Life in Christ before the good Promises of God come true in our own lives. Jerry did that very thing in his story. Practice makes us better, not bitter. I love you both very much, because you practice choosing the positive side of life principle too . . . even in the most trying times.
    Love, Sherrie H.

  • 2. Sharon Glenn  |  January 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    This is an awesome story and one which I try to follow everyday. God had revealed to me earlier that almost everything throughout the day is based on our choices – our attitudes, our actions, our spoken words, our thouhts, etc. I am just beginning to understand how powerful the spoken word is – and that we speak what we are thinking.
    I look forward to keeping up with God’s work in your lives through your journeling. You are doing a great job of keeping all of us involved from a distance. I am so thankful that you are with your family and have their support and love at this time. You reminded me of my part in caring for my father (Forrest Drury). I was sorry to hear of Michelle’s loss. May God give her the addidional strength and comfort she needs.
    Please know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharon Glenn


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