I am sure some of you have heard that my mother died October 4th.

This is as very confusing time for me because I miss her terribly and am glad that she is in heaven.  Those two emotions are hard to deal with at the same time.

This blog though is about Cornerstone #1 that says: 

Life is full of choices, 

and the choices I make today 

will determine the qualities of my life

both now and in the future.

The truth in this Cornerstone is seen on many levels.  That I am responsible for my choices and that my choices determine the qualities of my life are the two most obvious ones.

The level I am looking at today is the fact that my mother, by her choices in life, determined that her eternity would be spent in heaven.

When you are 15 or 20 years old the future you see is tomorrow or maybe next year. As you get older your future has a much broader horizon – until eventually you realize that “future” includes eternity.

The fact that my mother is is heaven is not disputed by anyone who knew her. She was one of the most Godly women I ever knew (the other one is my aunt Ida). She made choices throughout her life that allowed her to acquire Godly qualities (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control).

She set the example for me.  It is my choice the qualities I acquire – the type of person I become and the meaning of the interactions I have with the people around me.  I choose the life I will have – both now, and in the future.

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