Making big decisions can be nerve-wracking, frustrating, overwhelming and frightening. Buying a car. Which job to take. Whom to marry. Where to live. Which health treatment to utilize. Continuing life support. These are just some of the decisions that can paralyze us with fear. I’ve made my fair share of such decisions, but they can still tie me up in knots.
This past couple of weeks I’ve found myself running in circles in my head as I’ve been trying to decide how to continue with the publication of the book I just wrote. Writing the book didn’t take too long…just a few weeks once I made the time. I’ve been thinking about this book for years as it summarizes the key thoughts on marriage and relationships that I’ve shared in blogs, papers, seminars and sermons. Now, however, I’m overwhelmed with all the factors to consider about the best route to take for publication. There are factors of control, costs, marketing, distribution, trust and more.
Finally, the Holy Spirit reminded me of my own teaching. Keep my “thumb up” to Jesus. Gathering facts and figures is important. In the end, though, I need to trust the Lord who said these words in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)
Jesus loves me. He wants what’s best for me. My first steps in this and every decision are to call upon Him in prayer and seek what He has taught in His Word. Then, I study the matter as best as I can. I talk to people I trust. Finally, I make the best decision I can…and move on. Sometimes things won’t turn out as I had hoped. Sometimes I will second guess my decision. But, I know it’s all in the loving hands of Jesus. He freely forgives any mistakes I make. He will bring good even from what seems bad. He will guide me with His peace.
“Thumbs up” to Jesus. With that priority clear, we can be sure He will bless every decision we make along the path of life in His way.