We deal with so many choices every day. Some decisions are clearly between a right and a wrong but other times we aren’t entertaining the wrong choice at all – we are choosing from good, better, or best.
How something is categorized is in the eye of the chooser. But these categories are also in the eyes of those watching the chooser. And sometimes we are too busy paying attention to everyone else and judging his or her choices that we forget about our responsibility to worry about ourselves and what we are doing.
There are just so many choices to make every day. It can be exhausting. And what about the items that cause a conflict? Rice and beans might be my best choice financially but as far as health goes it might not be the best. And it certainly is better than _______________ [you fill in the blank].
We have choices about how to spend our money, time, energy, and it is good to be deliberate about those. If we weed out the bad choices right away, it makes it easier to choose from good, better, or the best. And even at that we will not always choose perfectly.
So we do our best, given what we know at the moment.
But the fallout of bad decisions (ours or someone else’s) can have a lifelong impact.
Have you ever struggled with a decision someone else made that has impacted your life? Those situations are such a reminder that we can’t arrange our lives to happen in a certain way with any guarantee. But we can trust that God will use every thing for His higher purpose. I don’t often ask God “why” any more. I tend to ask Him “how” as in, “How are You going to work this out?” And then I watch and pray for the eyes to see His work. And when I am simply unable to see it, I ask for the faith to know and trust He is working.
“Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” [Deuteronomy 3:24, NIV]
May you have the faith to know God is working it out even if you are unable to see it at the present time!