Life is a series of choices or decisions, and every decision has a consequence, good or bad. So then, success is basically a matter of making right decisions. And, alternatively, continually making wrong (or dumb) decisions can bring about failure in life. Some of you reading this may be in the middle of life-changing decisions… I wonder if I should leave or stay? Should I hold on or should I let go? Should I get in or should I get out? Should I get married? Should I get a new job? Move?
The list can go on and on. And eventually, indecision brings about a stress that will cripple you. The Bible says in James 1 that a double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways. When you look at the literal translation of the Greek word unstable, it translates as “to stagger like a drunk.” (You can laughingly picture in your mind the individual, who inebriated, staggers with every step, stumbling over nothing in their way.) So the same, when you can’t make up your mind in life you’re going to stumble through life.
Is there a remedy for the stress that comes from decision-making? Yes. It’s found in authority. A guide! To many times we take the wrong mentality and use the belief of “I did it my way.” We even mistakenly believe that to ask for help is a sign of weakness or an admonition of incompetency. A few months ago, I was at a pastors meeting, and one of the pastors admitted, like a lot of us, that to call his authority with a question, left him questioning his own ability to pastor and lead. When in fact, just the opposite is true. To look towards authority, to follow your guide, only strengthens your own ability and leadership.
In Psalm 23:3, David writes, “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” The remedy to the stress of decision-making is to let God guide you. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Jesus, the Good Shepherd, not only feeds us, He leads us. He not only provides for us, He also guides us. The Good Shepherd not only protects, He also directs. God has said, “I will guide you through this life if you trust Me.” He says I will guide you in the paths of righteousness. This just means the right path. Literally. Today, David would say, God, keeps me on track.
It’s easy to get off track in life. It’s easy to become preoccupied with trivial concerns, majoring on the minors, stressing out over really unimportant things in the grand scope of life. God is the only one who can keep you on track in life. He will be your Guide! All you have to do is follow!
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