“Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.” ~Bill Graham

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Enjoy this excerpt from my newly released book, The Chance to Choose, available through my online store and by the end of this week, through leading eBook versions (Kindle, Nook, iBook):

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Keri, my life coach friend, finds it helpful to train her clients in formulating the ends of each of their stories, a practice in fast forwarding life.

If you’ve never done so, you also need to determine the end of your story now! What do you want your life to look like 50 years from now? How will your vote be cast? It is here where Step 1 comes full circle: on what will you stand?

I realize that’s easier said than done when there are times you can barely get to the end of the day. None of us can say, “My life is in complete order and the choices I make are all in harmony with that order.” We can’t ignore the reality of chaos. But I strongly believe that in order to find structure and harmony in the midst of chaos, you need to begin at the end point. Try writing the last chapter of your life story.

How would you want that story to read?

When your life is summarized at your memorial service, what do you hope your family and friends will say about you?

What songs will be sung?

Music is random notes put in order—chaos brought to purpose. This speaks to choice, because right now our decisions may look like unrelated and unimportant notes, but they will be part of making up our entire life story and all of them will matter in the end. What are you doing on a daily, weekly, monthly basis with the choices you are making?

I’m embarrassed to say, because I come from a musical family, but I can’t read music. For many years, I didn’t feel like I could read life, either. My self-confidence was so low I couldn’t put any chords together, let alone write my own history. I had no idea that God had a plan for me—so all my time was spent listening to someone else’s music. Although I’ve now learned to trust my own song, there are still times when it sounds like The Doors playing alongside Barry Manilow. I don’t enjoy either. Our songs aren’t always going to sound great or make sense, but we have to trust that God’s still arranging them on the page: a bunch of random notes that will someday come together with rhythm, melody, and harmony. I’m just beginning to hear fragments of a tune. I’m dancing more. My prayer is that when we’ve finished this book, we’ll be whirling in abandon. Together, let’s be one note ahead, so we’re creating real music, not just beating randomly on the keys.

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Need a method to bring direction and guidance to your decisions, along with the unfettered freedom to begin writing the end of your story? Order your copy of The Chance to Choose today!

“I met Kim 15 years ago and it’s exciting to see how God has transformed her during those years. That eager young writer is now a woman of influence, using her powerful story not just to make sense of it herself, but to bless others. You’ll be glad you made the decision to pick up this book.”

~Heather Gemmen Wilson, best selling author, Startling Beauty: My Journey from Rape to Restoration

 

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