Today’s blog is just a talking out loud time. Something I’ve been asked in ministry and something I’ve asked on a daily basis for years. I think I finally have come to a conclusion (for now). I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment and give some feedback; we’re all on this journey together.
There’s so many choices we make each day. Even with our big choices in life, there’s so many different directions we can go at any moment. And so often we view our choices as the person on the trailhead above. We think there’s a “right” decision and a “wrong” decision and that we had better get it right. But is that really the case? Maybe in some cases, where it’s obvious! But in those times when you cannot seem to find the “right” and “wrong” decision it may be because there isn’t one!
How do you know what’s the right decision? How do you know if God’s leading you one way or another? There’s times where it’s so obvious, right? But what if it’s not? I find that those are often the circumstances I find myself in; constantly asking God what’s best, what “his will” is (as if he was so small to only have 1 decision for each of us).
How “should” we view decisions?
So let’s talk decisions people. How should we view them? I’m going to answer this through the lens of faith but I still think this applies to my readers who aren’t followers of Jesus. Because I do follow Jesus, thinking about these things has become easier the past year; I hope it helps you too.
What if there was only ever one question we had to ask when it came to making decisions, both large and small? Hmmm, seems too easy right? For me, this is the approach I’m taking. Decisions will still come that will be harder, but as long as this is the main question I’m asking, things will turn out fine. You probably want to know what the question is don’t you? Here it is… 4 words…
AM I BEING FAITHFUL?
It’s as simple as that. You may be asking, faithful to what? Well, this is where my faith comes in. I know that no matter what decision I make, I must be faithful to Jesus. And therefore, I must be faithful to the calling on my life to serve him with my life. I view my life as a gift, not a right. It’s a gift from God and he’s brought me this far. My role in life is to just be faithful with this life he’s given me. To be faithful to Jesus’ biggest command to “love one another as I have loved you.”
What’s this do to my decisions? Well, I know that there’s no right or wrong answer. Yes, some decisions may still be tough but each one can honor God if I’m being faithful to him, my calling, and that new brand of love that Jesus gave. WHAT A RELIEF! What a relief that this world doesn’t rise and fall by my one decision. We as humans kind of take a lot of pride in our decisions (to a fault) and think that one wrong one will derail the cosmos. When I’m in a clear state of mind to be reminded of this, I relax and just remain faithful. That’s what Jesus really wants, faithful people who faithfully follow His leading.
“Just be faithful Philip.” That’s what I tell myself and it brings things into perspective. I cannot trick myself to think I’m more important than I really am. I’m just a vessel that God’s using to show his love to this world. As long as every decision is made staying faithful to that direction, I’m good to go.
That’s how I’m viewing decisions. What about you? Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you navigate those big and small decisions that we all become so paralyzed by. Just be faithful people. Just be faithful. Faithful to the direction you have in life. You’ll be alright!