Life is uncomfortably full of uncertainty. How do we manage through the big decisions in life when its not clear what the outcome will be?
By nature I’m an analytical person. Part of the motivation behind that derives from some sense of misguided hope that by fully analyzing a circumstance, I’ll be able to mitigate the risk so much so that in some way I’m able to manage the outcome. If you can relate to this, you probably know that it often leads to worry and at times a false sense of responsibility that goes beyond our finite human capacities to take on.
Yet, there are those times that we need to be analytical. Financial Analysts should research companies before investing in them. Throwing darts at a board and randomly investing in companies won’t make clients very happy if the return on investment isn’t what they’d hoped for. We definitely want our Aerospace Engineers paying attention to details and playing out various technical and mechanical scenarios to keep us all safe when flying. Airplanes falling out of the sky would not be cool.
But at some point, the airplane will take its first flight and once it leaves the ground no amount of planning or mathematical scenarios done leading up to it could save it from falling if something goes wrong. When we analyze any decision through human eyes, it will always lead us to a fork in the road with a sign in the middle that reads, FAITH.
So where does that leave us? What does God want for us when we’re not certain which path to take?
Instead of asking, what do you want me to do in this circumstance, lets consider a shift in our request of The Most High God. Consider asking Him, what do you want me to do for You today?
This simple question will shift the perspective from what’s in it for me, to what’s in it for God. It leads us to taking on the servant nature of Jesus when we shift our perspective from, “God give me this because I want it” to, “God give me this so that I can bless others”.
Jesus was the ultimate servant. Everything He did was done for the sake of others. In Mark 9:35, this is what He said to His disciples:
“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
A shift from a ME PERSPECTIVE to a SERVANT PERSPECTIVE will alter your decision making process in a revolutionary way. You won’t only get your priorities in sync with those of the Creator of the Universe but it will lead you to walk daily with Him.
- God, today, who do I know that is struggling? what person do you need me to share a word of encouragement with?
- God, today, how can I use my influence as a Mom or Dad to inspire my kids to fall in love with You?
- God, today, how can you use my skill sets in the workplace that will provide a benefit to others?
- God, today, I need you to give me the strength to overcome this great loss in my life, not only for me, but because I believe that one day you’re going to use it for Your good. I may not see it now but I’m still going to trust You.
God wants what’s best for His Kingdom and what’s best for His Kingdom is what’s best for us. God knows and cares about the outcomes of your decisions, but He cares even more about your heart and growing more dependent on Him in the process of making them. Today, I pray you’ll shift your perspective and ask first, “God, what do you want me to do for You today.”