Decisions, decisions, decisions. What classes do I want to take? What college will I go to? Where do I want to work? When will the wedding be? What should I eat for breakfast? Everyone has a decision to make whether it is as easy as deciding on what movie you want to watch, or as hard as deciding if you should take the job in another state, thousands of miles from where you are now. Several people have asked me how I made the decision to be an exchange student and why I chose Bolivia. My reasoning for Bolivia was simple. I wanted a Spanish speaking country and I only had Mexico or Bolivia as a choice for that request. However, the reason behind my choice to become an exchange student is less clear. I honestly do not have a great answer. It took many, even me, by surprise when I decided that I wanted to do it. I was scared and excited all at the same time.
Decisions often are scary, but thanks to God we don’t have to make them on our own. Proverbs 3:5-6 says; “Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” This verse makes it sound simple. However, you may pray to God every day asking him to show you an answer and end up frustrated that nothing ever seems to make the decision easier. First of all, you have to be patient. Don’t expect the answer to just come to you. Wait for it and in the meantime, don’t give up looking to God for help. Remember that God has given us His very word in the Bible, and that is where we should look for answers. Prayer is only part of the equation!
You make more than 5000 choices each day. Even the smallest choices can make the biggest difference. Let’s say for example, you wake up to find your older brother eating the last of your favorite breakfast cereal. You can either choose to become upset and start an argument, possibly causing yelling and crying and leaving you and your brother angry at each other the rest of the day, or you could simply let it go and eat something else that morning. And making that choice happens in less than 10 seconds. 10 seconds! Think about that. The choice you make can affect the entire outcome of your day. How often do we take the time to seek God’s will in those little choices?
Isaiah 30:21 tells us; “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” We should be extremely grateful that we aren’t alone in making decisions. Think about it this way, who helped God make the decision to create the world? To die on the cross? To allow sinners like us into heaven? No one. He had to do it on his own and those decisions were MUCH harder than our everyday decisions. So in the 5,000 decisions you make today, take a moment to pause before deciding. Ask the Lord for his guidance. Pray about it, spend time in the Word getting to know God’s will better, and choose to follow as He leads you forward. We may not always make the right decisions, but we can have confidence in God’s love for us no matter what! He has already paid the price for every wrong decision we have (and still will) make. We get to live each day confident of that truth, but our decisions are still very important. Choose wisely!