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Dear Friends,

Recently an unexpected door opened to me that made me really question if I’m on the right track in regards to my work or not. As I started to think of the new possibilities, both positive and negative thoughts filled my mind and I started to feel overwhelmed with doubt. Was I on the right track? Did I hear from God? Or did I miss God? Which one is it? How do I know if this new door is an opportunity or a distraction to get me off track? I thought God had already provided direction on what to do but now there is brand new idea, a new possibility that I hadn’t thought about before.

In life, we are faced with difficult decisions that may or may not be good for us. These decisions may not be bad but they may distract us for a while or get us off course. Getting back on track is difficult and can cost us a valuable resource that we cannot get back—time. Therefore, the decisions we take have to be calculated and wise so we stay in the will of God. But how do we discern? How can we make sure that we’re making the right decision when the time to decide comes? Sometimes these new opportunities come with a lot of potential for growth and positive worldly things. Other times, new doors open that don’t necessarily bring material things (i.e. higher salary or bigger titles) but they bring a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment. Which road do we take? Do we go the way of more money or the road of fulfillment? Tough questions to answer.

Whenever I find myself in those situations, I pray. I ask God for wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding to help me make the right decision and to choose wisely. Sometimes God reminds me of a Scripture to reaffirm He is with me and that everything will be okay. Other times, God sends me someone with whom I can discuss the options and that person can objectively give me his or her opinion to help me decide. But the best clue that God has given me over the course of my life to help me decide is peace in my heart. If I have peace about one decision, then I feel I’m on the right track. On the other hand, lack of peace tells me that I’m going to make the wrong choice. If I feel stressed out just to think about a certain option or direction, then I know that’s a red flag. I have to trust my heart that I’m hearing from God. He sent us His Holy Spirit to guide us and protect us from ourselves, to protect us from making wrong decisions. Ultimately, it is our decision and every decision we make has short-term and long-term consequences. Life presents us with choices and we must choose wisely. When we ask God for wisdom, we can have peace in our hearts that our choice, the decision we make, will be the right one.

I will leave you with these Scriptures today:

Psalm 25:4 (NLT)

Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NLT)

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him.

James 1:5 (NLT)

If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking.

 

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