May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. (Nelson Mandela, late president of South Africa)

Mandela’s thought is echoed by author Judith Knowlton, “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.” Attitude is one of the very few factors in life that we can control. So, in spite of “bad luck” or fearful circumstances, we must exercise our ability to choose—not what is most convenient but what is best for progress and growth.

Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. (Proverbs 2:11)