I would make a terrible poker player. I would want to examine the hand that I was dealt and think about it. If I did not like it, or my odds, I would want to trade it in for a new one all before I ever started playing. Such is life. I want to know what is going to happen before I make a decision- all possible outcomes and all possible scenarios. I want to choose the best course of action. I want to be in control. Go ahead. Laugh now. Are we ever in control? I do believe that we can limit our collateral damage by making wise choices. The truth is that is about the extent of our control- our actions, our thoughts, our choices. What is NOT in our control are the other players in the game.
Have you ever had to have a serious conversation with someone and find yourself rehearsing it in your mind prior to ever having the actual conversation? Countering their responses in your head? We get ourselves all worked up most often over nothing. A lot of our imagined outcomes never take place.
How many times have we grappled over the decision to move, take a new job, buy that new car, or what school to put our children in? Whatever decisions you have faced in the past, I am sure each of you have a process that helps you arrive at your final answer. Perhaps, you even consult friends or family. I smile at this one- we do not like the answer that person gives us so we ask someone else!
I would like to offer some easy ways that we might consider making our next decision. Tried and true steps that I wish I had used myself along the way.
1) Ask yourself if the decision honors God and your family. After all, that is why we are here. We are supposed to be living lives that are pleasing to God.
2) Pray about it. Put your concerns in the hands of the One that made you. Yes, He does still answer prayers!
3) Remember we may not know the future but we know the One who holds our future in His hands.
4) As long as we are walking with Him, He will make something beautiful out of our worst mess!
Seems pretty simple, huh? I thought so too! The amazing peace that making decisions with God provides can never be matched. These steps can be applied to all decisions no matter the size or significance. God wants to be in the details of our lives. He craves our call.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
I hope you all have a blessed day.
Until next time,