Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
By Susan Sage
We make hundreds of them each day. What am I going to wear? Eat? Where do I need to go? What is of priority today?
But, it’s that last one that really determines everything else.
When I come to a decision, what I decide not to do tells as much about my priorities as what I decide to do.
I’ve been struggling lately. Distractions have risen from every crevice of my brain. Things I’ve stored away in there or written down to get to later suddenly fight for center stage.
I found the longer I put off the thing that should have been top priority, the more it slid to the back and started swirling down into one of those crevices.
The thing is, I know how to stay on track. Write down the things that come to mind that need to be taken care of. Ask God to help me put them in order or do them in order. Accomplish what can be in a day and leave everything else for another day. I know that as I ask Him to show me what’s most important, what gets left can be left.
But the truth is, when I get my mind off what I know works, what God has shown me, when I give audience to those distractions everything else seems to get out of whack as well.
I know who God says I am. I’ve heard what He has for me to do. I’ve sensed His plan and direction.
So, what’s the problem?
I don’t believe Him.
I get caught up in seeing a larger picture than He intended me to see. I think something is bigger than I can deal with and get overwhelmed that I can’t do what He gave me to do.
The easy way out?
Set His priority in the background and allow distractions to grow and gain ground.
Problem is—that’s sin.
When I take my mind and eyes off what He promises, I am not taking Him at His word when He said He’s given me all I need to accomplish what He planned for me. I don’t believe that He can really give me the grace and strength for the task.
When my priority shifts, my decision becomes about what is easiest for me, what is most comfortable, what will cause me the least amount of stress.
Without realizing it, I make the decision not to do what God gave me to do.
I look at what I have the ability and strength to do. I end up looking at a fragile, breakable, at times wishy-washy woman who can change her mind depending on her mood or emotion or circumstance.
I’m putting my eyes on the fallible. I’m making a decision not to trust the Infallible One.
John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
In my case, since I don’t own a horse, courage is facing the fear which allows distraction to take center stage and deciding to believe God.
That means making the decision to do what He’s shown me. It means deciding to take Him at His word—His strength is enough and His plan is perfect. It means determining to take the next step of faith and doing exactly what He shows me.
What decisions are you making or not making today? What’s keeping you distracted from walking in the fullness of what God says and knows about you? Step up and get on that horse. Every moment of the day, decide who you’re going to believe.
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
You can read Susan’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.