Tuesday, February 25, 2014

When We Get To Choose

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6


Sometimes, the biggest decision I have to make on a given day is whether to have one cup of coffee or two.

Those days are nice in their own way. They are safe, devoid of risk. Yes, I might be a little more jittery if I choose to go for that second cup of caffeinated goodness, but in the grand scheme of things it won’t leave much of a dent on eternity.

But then there are other days where we are faced with decisions that carry a significant weight to them. Decisions that will change things. Decisions that will not only affect our own lives, but the lives of people that we care about.

Should I move there? Should I take that job? Should I date this person? Should I end this friendship? Should I stay here? Should I go there?

Is this the right thing to do? God, what do you want me to do?

There are so many times when I wish God would just show me the end result of my own decisions beforehand or what the right choice is. Sometimes, there are instances when the choice is clear. And then sometimes we get to choose. Sometimes, there is no right answer or wrong answer; just our decision -- and all that comes with it.

It’s not comfortable to be in that position. It’s not safe. It’s not easy. But those kinds of decisions were never supposed to be any of those things. We are supposed to struggle. We are supposed to pray and seek God’s counsel while we struggle. We are supposed to step up and lead.

It’s tempting to just run away from the tough choices, to just hide and hope that someone else makes our decisions for us. But we can’t pass the buck when God calls us to lead. Making tough choices builds character, and bypassing them creates cowards.

Make the call.

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