We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, there’s hidden truth to common sayings like these. Right now, it may seem like we are stuck in an “April shower,” a time of disappointment or confusion, while we patiently wait for “May flowers” to bloom and produce a sense of hope and refreshment.
Our life story is written by the sequence of our daily decisions. Some are big, some are small. Some are insignificant and others life-altering.
You’ve probably heard or read the phrase “And I took the road less traveled...” more times than you can count. But what does this mean for your life? How often are you making the conscious decision to follow God’s will for your life instead of following the crowd? Are you making choices all on your own? Or seeking the face of your Father in heaven, instead?
These are all questions we need to ask ourselves as we grow in our relationship with Christ. Our faith is strengthened when we allow Him to direct every decision we make.
The good news is that it’s OK to start small. Begin by seeking guidance in the little things. As your trust grows, you will find the courage to lay the biggest decisions of your life at the feet of Jesus. It becomes second nature to look to Him in times of confusion or uncertainty! Today, we’re honored to share a few intentional ways to make sure that you’re letting the Lord navigate your daily steps.
Establish a personal standard for behavior.
Following a crowd of friends or peers is fun. When a group of people decide to do something, it’s easy to fall into the trap of, “but everyone is doing it!” Friends, don’t get caught in this way of thinking! Establish a personal standard of behavior and never compromise what you know in your heart to be right for what feels fun at the time. This boundary will keep you close to Jesus, far from harm’s way and free from the fear of ‘what ifs.’
Take the high road, not the easy road.
Doing the right thing is rewarding, but it is not always easy. In fact, sometimes it is really hard. In the moment of a tough decision, it is human nature to default to what is easy and makes us fit in with the crowd. Beware of living for the satisfaction of others! Taking the easy way out leads to destruction. Doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord leads to favor and, ultimately, everlasting life! Let the thought of eternal freedom fuel your desire to travel the road less taken.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Get comfortable in the passenger seat.
Control is easy to covet and difficult to give up. When it comes to daily decisions, it’s common to believe that we can take control and author our desired outcome. This couldn’t be further from the truth! God is the only One who has control. Placing Him in the driver’s seat of our life guarantees a that it will go well with us and a story that glorifies His Kingdom—a story that is sweeter than we could ever imagine. Settling into the passenger seat means surrendering to God’s will for our life. We may think we know what is best, but ultimately, God is the only one who can steer us in the right direction; the way of true life.
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
Statistics show that each day you will be faced with nearly 35,000 decisions. Each decision you make is an opportunity to draw nearer to the Lord and deeper into His purpose for you. Set yourself on the path of everlasting life. Hold yourself to a greater standard by taking the high road. When you do, you will enjoy a life of fullness and joy alongside the One who loves you more than you will ever know!
Listen to Kanakuk President Joe White for even more inspiration about pursuing solid friendships while taking the road less traveled.