Left or Right? Choices that matter

Left or Right? Options to pick from, ideas to weigh… lead us to carefully consider difficult decisions and future possibilities. Life seems full of wildy divergent paths. Republican, Democrat or Independent ?… In an election year the pressure is for us on to choose. For families the variety of choices we have are endless, a daily deluge of options, ideas and pro-con assessments we’re forced to make. Parents are constantly deciding to turn left, right or proceed straight ahead.

Left or Right?

Homeschool or public, tithe or occasionally give, cable or Dish, Mac or PC, dating or courtship, two-story or single level living… vaccinations and drug therapy or herbal remedies. Organic or Kroger sales items, gluten-free or wheat, weekly devotionals or sunday school? New car or used, university or community college, credit cards or cash, Costco or Sams Club, pay a mortgage or rent, exercise or diet 🙂

In the Christian world, the choices get even more fuzzy… King James, or New Living Translation, NIV or ESV, fundamentalist, Baptist, Charismatic, Evangelical, Non-Denominational, Baptism with immersion or sprinkling, devotionals or journaling, live worship or hymn’s… you get the idea.

Life throws options at us everyday, choices to be made or not.

HOW the heck do you navigate those decisions and have any assurance you’re making the “right” choice. I mean sometimes these seem to be a neutral choices. Like turn left or right, because the road ahead is “blocked”.  Does it matter ?

I want to encourage you with some insight from the bible.

1- God is FOR YOU. He is interested, and wants to be actively involved in that process if you let Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a classic verse to remember… don’t skip the step of taking the “options” to God in prayer.

Proverbs 3:5-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

2 – God is full of GRACE, means that when we make a rush decision, He promises to redeem it if we respond with humility to His re-direction.

Romans 8:28

New Living Translation (NLT)

28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
 
Simple, but profound wisdom from the word of God itself. Brings me to the closing point; let’s agree to stay in the atmosphere of Jesus… around His words, around His people, and around His presence. If you do, the choices can quickly go from moments of anxiety to peace.
 
As Christian’s and Parents, we get an extra dose of guilt when we choose and things work out poorly. It seems we are carrying an additional anchor to our hearts, the desperate need to do it “right”, to avoid making mistakes, to live spotless lives. To protect our kids from our own shortcomings and bias’…
 
Not going to happen. Let it go. His GRACE is enough.
 
For 2012… we will need to cut ourselves and those we love some serious slack. Rest assured some choices will be simple, clear-cut and obvious…but others will take some processing to navigate. Stick with the basics… the Word of God, trusted comrades to bounce things off of and a community of faith to walk it out with and ABOVE ALL; let’s all agree to wait for the “Peace” of God before acting.
 
Being a great parent, spouse or friend is not about how strong or capable or wise we may seem… but in our ability and desire to Hear and Respond to the voice of our Shepherd.
 
May His wisdom fill your hearts and minds this year as you seek faithfully to keep your kids and families in between the lines and safely on the road of life for another year. Oh, and don’t forget to vote… but don’t knee jerk on that choice either… pray about it first.
 
Peace out,
brad.
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