What direction should I take?
Life has a way opening up an assortment of options…
Sometimes we can’t decide which path to choose, which brand should we buy? Which one is best?
If life’s decision were like a grocery store aisle full of cereal boxes, we might feel stymied for a while, but at least we wouldn’t be afraid of negative consequences based on our choices.
However, life is not simply a grocery store aisle filled with a variety of brands to choose from. Many times the choices we make have very definite consequences.
Those of us who have lived a while had hoped that making good choices would come easier with age. But, when it comes to a change in the direction of our lives – making a major transition, a change in our career, what to do after retirement, or deciding where to live next – decisions can get complicated and confusing.
” Is this where I should focus my attention?”
“Am I ready for change?”
“Will this be the best use of my talents and passion?”
“What will happen if I make the wrong choice?”
If only we could find a mental & emotional GPS to guide our direction choices.
Is there such a resource?
I would suggest a couple key verses from Scripture that offer GPS-like guidance.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all. Pv. 3.5-6 MSG
In the old King James version, the phrase highlighted above is translated, In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths…
What does it mean to acknowledge him in our decisions?
Here are a few key questions to help discern what that means.
- What are my options? What are the pros and cons of each?
- What is my real motivation in making this decision?
- Who am I seeking to serve? What benefit will it bring them?
- To what extent is my motivation self-serving? Merely for personal benefit? Am I mainly seeking to fill a need to feel wanted? Recognized? Am I seeking to primarily fill wants or needs?
- Which of my choices are most in line with my passion and giftedness?
- Who will I most honor with this decision?
I close with the Apostle Paul’s prayer for another Christ follower like yourself. My hope is that his prayer will serve to crown your search for clearly understanding what direction to take.
I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Eph 1.17-22 MSG.
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