The Easy Way ... or the Right Way?
"Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you." Psalm 37:5 NLT
Thoughts for Today
We all make choices on a daily basis. We decide what to wear, what to eat, where to go and how to respond to people and to situations. Should I give an honest answer even though it might keep me from making the sale? … Should I forgive this person who hurt me so badly? … Should I tell the cashier she has given me too much change?
Making choices brings responsibility—responsibility to do the right thing. And when we make wrong choices, we bring about the natural consequences. If we lie to our boss, we may lose our job. If we refuse to forgive, we live with unhappiness and sometimes bitterness. If we break a confidence, we may lose a friend.
Consider this …
Sometimes we want to take the easy way out—even though we know it is not the right way. We feel as though we don't have the strength to make the right choice. The good news is that we don't have to be alone in making choices. Jesus is standing by wanting to help us. He is just waiting for an invitation. He knows what is best for us, and he wants to guide us into right choices and give us the strength to make them.
Are you struggling with a choice right now? Maybe you know the right thing to do, but aren't sure you have the strength. Are you willing to trust Jesus? Take a moment now to ask for his help. You'll be glad you did.
Lord, you know about this choice I am struggling with. Please help me know the right things to do. And then give me the strength to do it. Thank you that I don't have to do this alone. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Free to Grow: Overcoming Setbacks and Disappointments by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. The purpose of this group study is to help people overcome disappointments and setbacks that have arrested or are presently hindering their emotional and spiritual development. The group study will help participants understand how to be set free so that they can grow and become all that God has designed them to be. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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