A lot of times life will give us many roads to choose from. It is not always clear where you are going. In those days that I face similar situation, I make sure to settle myself down first and cancel all the noises in my head, talk to – God, my wife, mentors, friends, and then make a decision.
It looks like I have to involve a lot of people in my decision making. Not all the time. Not always. But when it comes to big decisions, there is wisdom in getting inputs from the people around you. I believe that God speaks through other people also. At the end of the day, the decisions that I make is between me and God. The process of getting input from other people is a humbling experience also. It makes learn that at some point of their lives, they have encountered the same crossroads and makes you see God’s hand to work upon their decision.
One of the books that contain so much wisdom on decision making is “All the Places to Go… Ho Will You Know?” by John Ortberg. These are my top ten quotes from the book:
- “Very often God’s will for you will be “I want you to decide,” because decision making is an indispensable part of character formation. God is primarily in the character-forming business, not the circumstance-shaping business.”
- “Going through open doors means I will have to be able to trust God with my future when the path I’m called to take does not look like the obvious one.”
- “What matters most is not the decision I make but how I throw myself into executing it well.”
- “It’s not what’s on the other side of the door that gives me confidence to go through; it’s the one who goes with me.”
- “Sometimes the opportunity doesn’t involve going to a new place; it means finding a new and previously unrecognized opportunity in the old place.”
- “God, what problem in your world would you like to use me to address?”
- “Growth is the ability to handle larger and more interesting problems.”
- “Very rarely in the Bible does God come to someone and say, “Stay.” Almost never does God interrupt someone and ask them to remain in comfort, safety, and familiarity. He opens a door and calls them to come through it.”
- “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Don’t strive to advance yourself. Let God advance you. Serve others.”
There are so many and decided to combine two quotes in the 10th.
May you find the courage today to trust in the open door that God is bringing you or to find delight to a place where He wants you to stay and be.
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