Choices

We make choices every day.

Some are good choices.  Some not so good.

Our “little” choices add up and influence the bigger decisions that we make.

I’ve been reflecting on this lately as I’ve been thinking about my walk with Jesus.  For me, I didn’t start off my walk with Him jumping head first into the deep end.

It’s been a series of small and seemingly insignificant choices at times that have led me to make the big ones the way that I have.

courage

I’ve had people look at my life and say “Oh, I could just never do that.”  I know they mean it as a compliment, but I actually struggle with how to respond to them because the truth is I never would’ve thought that I could “do this” either.  And I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to move to the other side of the world.  It is definitely in my weakness that He is made strong.

We are all on a journey.  We all have the opportunity to say yes or no to things in life every single day.  These choices determine which way we will go, which path we walk down.

I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I decided to follow Jesus.  It’s far deeper and bigger than I could’ve ever imagined.  His dreams for me have far exceeded my own.

leap of faith

I would say that I’ve found a deep satisfaction, a rest even, in choosing Jesus.  Now that doesn’t mean that it’s been easy and felt good to choose Him every time.

Let’s be honest.  I haven’t always said yes to the Lord right away or even made all of the right choices.  I feel like it’s been a slow and steady journey; one that a lot of times seems to be taking longer than I’d like it to.  Sometimes I seem to be taking steps backwards instead of forwards.

My point in this is that we all have choices to make every day, but sometimes we act like we are mere victims to our circumstances with no control over what we do or what happens to us.

There are many things that are out of our control, BUT there are many things that we do have control over.

stop letting others define you

We can decide whether or not to spend time with God in the mornings or to sleep an extra 30 minutes.  We can choose to stay home and watch a movie or spend time with friends over dinner.  We can decide to say yes or no when asked on a date.  We can choose to smile at people as we walk down the street or avoid eye contact.

The choices that we make are pretty much endless, and a lot of times we don’t even realize that we’re making them.

I think it’s time that we start paying attention to what we’re choosing.  What are we saying yes or no to every day?  Are our choices in alignment with the direction that we want our lives to go?

Choosing to say yes to God in the little things is what will strengthen us to say yes to Him in the big things.  And they won’t seem as big or even as hard as they would have after saying 500 “little” yeses.

The first time I ran across The World Race in 2007 I skimmed right past it thinking,”Wow that looks cool, but I’d never do that.”  And wouldn’t you know that 4 years later I found myself traveling around the world and doing the very thing that I never dreamed I would do.

I had the opportunity to make a lot of decisions in those 4 years that would actually help build and deepen my faith in God and my relationship with Him so that when the time actually came for me to jump in, it wasn’t so near the unimaginable thing that it was at first.

Yes, it was scary.  It was out of my comfort zone.  It was new.  It was unknown.

But it was also just the next step.

your comfort zone

We take a tiny step out of our comfort zone.  We say yes to Jesus.  We see that His way is good.  What was once scary and unknown becomes comfortable and normal.  Then He asks us to step out again.  Hopefully we say yes again and step out.  The process is repeated.  Before you know it you’re doing things that you never thought were possible!

Take a look at Mother Teresa’s life.  Her journey was one of saying yes to Jesus over and over which eventually led to the legacy that we all know today.

Our choices matter.  If you’ve been making bad choices, don’t worry.  You don’t have to continue to make them.  There is hope.  Your life can change.

It’ll take time and effort to start new patterns and break off old habits, but if you have the Holy Spirit inside of you you are more than a conqueror!

If you’re having a difficult time deciding what the right choice is, ask yourself a couple of questions.  Will this produce good fruit in my life?  Will this bring life or death?  Does this decision produce God’s peace in my life?

the end is just a new beginning

Sometimes there are lots of good options on the table, and the Lord lets you pick which one you want.  You can read more of my thoughts on that from a previous blog HERE.

So let’s be proactive instead of reactive.  Let’s make choices towards life instead of death.  Let’s choose what will bear good fruit.  Let’s live our lives in the light instead of the darkness and see what we find there!

little by little

Don’t worry about what’s ahead.  Focus on today, right now.  Make good choices today and the next day and then the next and see where those get you in the next year.  You probably won’t see the results right away, but I think over time you’ll be surprised at what you discover.

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3 thoughts on “Choices

  1. Again you always blow my mind with your maturity. Just thought I would let you know your dad spoke at a church where a nurse I work with goes. Her name is Marie Wallace she sais he did a wonderful job and that he really bragged on you and told how proud of you he was. I thought you would like to know that. I love you.

    Becky 🙂

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  2. Love this, Jessica!  It really moved me.  I have been discussing choices with my students.  May share some of your insights with them.  

    Hope all continues to go well!  Love hearing about your adventure!

    Prayers,

    Maureen

    Sent from Samsung tablet

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