“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.” Mt 7:13-14
I have written a lot of posts on choices. Everyday, just living in general, we make hundreds upon hundreds of them. We are constantly weighing the options of what ever situation it is that we have in front of us. Whether the choice be a very minute one, or something that can be earth shattering, if we are breathing, have a pulse, and still have a half sense about us, we are making choices.
I am faced with many difficult choices in my day. Leading people at work is sometimes harder than anything else I have ever done. I am responsible for the wellbeing of everyone that is under my leadership while here. There is no pressure in that (insert a bell for sarcasm here). Everyone who has anyone that relies on them should understand what I am talking about, whether you are a parent, a friend, a mentor, a leader, or just someone who works at a store, everyone has someone that relies on them for something. This just further proves the point that we are all interconnected together. With that intertwined scenario, never make a decision thinking that the choice you make does not matter to someone besides yourself. Again, no pressure.
Then we dive into today’s small paragraph with so much to say. We are being challenged to make choices not based on the majority, but the way that we know is right. Following everyone in life is an easy thing to do. It does not mean it is the correct thing that should be done. It is such an easy statement to type, and even easier to give this advice to anyone who wants to listen, but until you are in the situation itself, you never realize how difficult making the hard decisions are. And to be honest, there is no real easy and clear cut answer that I have found to dealing with being in this position. I only know the steps I take to coming to a conclusion.
First and foremost, prayer. Never underestimate the power of giving your decision making up to God. There is a reason why you face the choices you do, and I am not one to make a decision without guidance. Why not go to the source? Secondly, listen very carefully. After giving the decision up to prayer, you have to listen very closely, and watch for the signs. This part is the hardest part, because the answers do not come via Twitter. In the instantaneous world we live in, giving yourself to God’s answer is difficult, because we all want it right now. God does not constrain himself to the concepts of time, so, neither should we try to put that into the box of what time is for us. That is it, that is formula. Two steps, hardest thing to do ever. I am not saying that I am good at this, I am still practicing. I know that at certain times, I can not stop myself from being in the moment and I forget this. It is not something that comes natural, but I am working on it.