It took ten minutes for my two and a half year old to pick a muffin this morning. He sat up on the tall stool pointing at each one. Counting. Thinking. NOT letting me pick for him, but unable to decide himself. Ten minutes. The time making his choice was stronger than his hunger. He finally made his pick and was able to move on with his morning.
It may seem silly, but sometimes we are just like my son. We see all of the choices in front of us, all of them good and right, but we just can’t pick. We agonize over what would be right.
In my devotion yesterday, Embraced Lysa TerKeurst, she talked about making the right decision. Many times we already know our decision, but we’re too afraid to make it. Lysa says we “over process the what-ifs and maybes…” She tells us that “God has woven into us the ability to discern what is best if we’re closely following” God.
This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9-10)
When we live into God’s calling, we live into the truth He gives us. God has given us everything we need to make simple decisions, like which muffin to pick, and also to make big decisions. Here are some things I do when I’m working on a decision.
1. Pray – I pray about it and ask for wisdom.
2. God’s Word – I read the Bible and apply God’s teachings to every part of my life.
3. I talk it out – I talk with my husband or a trusted friend.
God doesn’t always give us a huge green light or flashing sign. Often, He speaks through our prayers, His Word, and our trusted relationships. God has gifted you with everything you need.
Lysa concludes by saying: “It’s not about trusting ourselves. Rather, it’s about trusting the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus promised us…”
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)
When our decisions are God-honoring decisions, they are easy to make.
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