Too Many Choices

For the past couple of weeks I find myself mired in a blogging void. No matter how hard I try, nothing sticks as an idea for a post. My idea awareness is on high alert. In other words, I scavenged all my usual sources for ideas. My drive to work is a good source. But nothing. I went to a cross-country meet for my grandson last Friday. There were many grade school runners, parents, grandparents, pets–including a run-away dog, and still, nothing came to mind.

So I now I have resorted to my blog “graveyard.” This is where I have started a post but have never gotten back to it mainly because I ran out of words. WordPress kindly refers to them as drafts. There is one about what would others write on my gravestone. Hmmmm. Maybe I do not want to find out exactly what that would be.

Here’s one about a walk of faith. The idea came from a book I was reading where a walk in faith is defined as when events force you to examine things you would rather ignore. Hurry, John, get away from that one as quickly as you can.

Let’s see. the #1 love song of all. I guess I must have watched too many Hallmark movies when that idea sprang to life. But then again I could write about how … okay better hang on to that one for a while.

Ah, there is the Hedonic treadmill. Basically it is the tendency for our feelings to return to an emotional baseline after positive or negative events occur. I am thinking how dependencies of all types interfere with that tendency. But that sure is a cool picture I have of that mouse on a treadmill holding a cocktail. Better hang on to that one too. I still do not know what to write about, though.

As I read the preceding words I recognize the same pattern when I am making choices about other areas of my life. Of course at those times I can say to myself that I am not really sure what the will of God is for me here. So I can wait until I am sure. I wait to see if there is something that just feels more “right” Or maybe I will wait so long that the decision is already made for me. And I then reason that God’s will was done.

God’s will for us is pretty clear. In Jeremiah 29:11 I read For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. In his never-ending love for me, which he showed by sending Jesus to pay for all of my sins, he only wants good for me. So the choices laid out in front of me should not be an issue. They are all meant for good.

I believe that. There are many paths I can take in my life. There are blessings just waiting for me. So anything I choose is the “right” one, that’s what Jeremiah says, correct?

Actually I need to avoid simply picking one passage from the Bible. God gave his Word as a complete package and I cannot point to one part that is to my advantage and ignore the rest. I need to compare Scripture with Scripture.

So I read on and found in Romans 2:12 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. So, when making choices I need to make sure that I am lining up my choice with what pleases God. Only then can I know what is the will of God.

To me this means I am consistently in his Word and through his Spirit, growing my faith. My reasoning needs to be based on what I learn in and through his Word, not on what makes sense according to this world.

I have found that even with a renewed mind, the choices I make are not always a smooth road. There may be work I need to do to make the path successful. I may need to make huge changes in my life. There may even be some pain to follow His path in my life.

In times such as those, I search farther in the Bible and find in Psalm 139: You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Strange. The Twelve Step programs talk about the importance of constant contact with God. The Bible talks about God’s all-knowing, unending contact with us. That is a comfort. In fact that makes my making choices so much more inviting.

So enough talk, I better get on with making a choice about what blog to finish. If you want to find out which I choose, come on back. I will wait you.

 

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