Decisions, Choices, Direction

It is a clear statement to say that we make many decisions, many choices in our everyday lives. Whether it's something small like putting the kettle on to make a nice cup of tea or something bigger like deciding whether or not it would be beneficial to drop everything and go on holiday. Sometimes we make decisions without even thinking about the effect it could have on us or maybe others around us. How many times would you say that you've decided to do something because it's the most obvious thing to do?

Sometimes the most obvious decisions can end up being our worst mistake....
The Narrow and Wide Gates
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - (Matthew 7:13-14) (NIV)
Most people decide to take the most obvious way because it looks safe, everyone is doing it because they want to fit in. 'If everyone is doing it, why should I be any different?' But have you thought about that other way. It's the way that makes you feel rather uncertain. You think about it but then the butterflies kick in and perhaps the best thing to do is decide against it.

I find it hard to step out into something that is not clear, something that does not make complete sense. It's not obvious and it makes me feel uncertain. But the times I've stepped down the narrow path, step by step my life has developed, often in the way I didn't expect but after looking back I can see it's a step for the better.
'We make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.' - (Proverbs 16:9) (NLT)
So many times we make plans for our lives and do what we think is best for us. Sometimes we have dreams, dreams of where we could go. Dreams of doing something amazing. What I find amazing is that God is saying 'Dream Bigger'! I've quoted this next verse before but it's so encouraging and it just makes me feel stronger when deciding whether I should follow the narrow path:
'"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 a hope and a future."' - (Jeremiah 29:11) (NIV) 
All people have the ability to do something amazing in this world. It all comes down to whether we are willing to step out of our comfort zone and realize that the way that is not so obvious, the way that looks uncertain is actually the way that leads to life in abundance. There is a hope and a future......are we willing to believe it and follow it?


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