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I had a really big decision to make.  It was life-changing.  It was the kind of thing that, once it was made, there would be no going back.  It would change everything.

Most days, I was very enthusiastic.  Everything pointed to YES .  It seemed everything in my life had been building up to this very thing, yet there was a nagging sense at times that perhaps I was reading too much into circumstances.  Perhaps this would be a diversion that would end up in disaster.  After all, my life at present was very satisfying and purposeful.  Why change all that?

It was during this quandary that I encountered a stranger who came to change the way I think about decision-making.  We were seated next to one another on a flight from Buffalo to San Diego.   He had no idea the dilemma I was facing when he began talking about the will of God.  Imagine!  He introduced himself as a Christian counselor in San Diego, and for some reason began telling me how he thinks we Christians drive ourselves nuts trying to make perfect decisions. 

He said that we put these choices into the wrong categories.  We think of them as “right or wrong,” when we should in fact think of them as “good or bad,” or even ”good or better.”   His idea is that we stop looking for that one perfect choice, and just use wisdom and go with what seems to be a good choice.  There will be adjustments along the way, as circumstances and further information come into play, but we will be moving in a good direction.

Now, God says a lot about wisdom in His book.  Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are all through the Bible, as if He expects us to learn them and use them.  Understand this:  He won’t bless us because we made the perfect choice, (hooray for us; we’re smart) but because we belong to Him and He loves us.  His intentions toward us are good!  We can walk in freedom, freedom to choose well, freedom to make adjustments, freedom to learn as we go.  We can rest in that.

So what did I do?  I carefully but wholeheartedly made that decision on which there was no going back, the one I was tending toward in the first place.  It was not perfect, but it was very good.

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4 Responses to “What to do?”

  • Carla:

    Reading this reminded me of an illustration I heard long ago from who knows who. Many Christians seem to see the will of God as a tightrope we are to walk blindfolded on, listening to his voice and his word to keep us on the track, perhaps God’s will is more like a room, full of good things to experience, with him there, ready to step in to enhance and support us once we make the choice of what we will do at that time.

  • Linda Hogue:

    Carla, that is a very good analogy. This allows for unfolding direction and does not require the blue print-type map we tend to look for. (Doesn’t that make US the do-ers at that point? It’s all up to us once are told what to do.) It also has room for grace, and puts us in that “relationship” with God that we speak of and seek.

  • “[H]ow he thinks we Christians drive ourselves nuts trying to make perfect decisions” hits the nail on the head. Good to see this blog published!

  • Peter Rocca:

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!


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