A few weeks ago I was buying popsicles at the gas station (random, I know). I just stood there, trying to choose between flavors for five minutes.
Coconut? Or mango? Dang. Both sounded so good!
I couldn’t make a decision for the life of me. I was so afraid to make the wrong decision, so afraid to get the mango and then regret not getting the coconut, or vice versa.
And then I realized: neither decision would be bad. I have two good options in front of me. In fact, either option would do just fine. Both were absolutely wonderful decisions!
I think life is a lot like that sometimes. Sometimes God presents us with several options and then instead of rejoicing in them, we get so stuck because we’re so afraid to make the wrong decision.
Maybe what we need to learn is that perhaps it’s not at all about trying to throw a lasso around His will or understand his perfect plan but instead LIVE His will, just LIVE in His ways, honoring Him through whatever decision we make–mango, coconut, or something else.
In other words, sometimes God doesn’t paint the answer across the sky but maybe that’s because He doesn’t need to. Perhaps He leads from behind, instead of from the front, daring us to shed our desire to pick what’s perfect and to just pick Him instead–to trust and honor Him in EVERY choice we make.
“In whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God.” | 1 Corinthians 10:31
So, if you’re feeling stuck and having a hard time making a decision, consider the following:
1. Ask: Do all options honor God?
If yes, write down your answer to the following: how can I intentionally glorify God in either option? This will help you see what you may be more passionate about or which offers even more opportunities to live in God’s will!
If no, which is selfish or which would make it difficult to glorify God in? Remove it from your options. This will help you narrow down your options.
2. Pray through your options
Don’t just talk about it, pray about it! I don’t suggest asking for a sign but instead for peace. Sometimes, it’s not so much about God revealing what He would want but instead giving us peace to trust Him through whatever we do.
3. Choose one on the condition that you will choose to exalt the Lord in all that that decision brings
Again, this is about living in His will and in the freedom to trust at all costs. If you choose to glorify God in all that you do, that may even mean stepping away from that decision or changing course at some point if you feel unsettled.
However, if you invite God into every decision and honor Him above yourself, you literally cannot mess it up.
So, don’t be afraid to make decisions or take steps of faith when you’re unsure. It’s not about finding the perfect plan by choosing to glorify God in whatever plan of action you take.
Don’t stress yourself out so much. There’s more to life than that.
And guess what? The coconut popsicle was pretty dang good. And had I chosen the mango, I think I would have been equally as satisfied because it’s really not about the decision itself but the direction we face — are we looking to Jesus to satisfy us or are we looking to the opportunities God gives us to satisfy us?
Look, I know that if you trust and include Him, if you fix your eyes on Jesus, then whatever you choose will be really good, too.
Because God might not paint the answer across the sky but He has written it in His Word and will always write it across your heart.
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