What might seem like a good choice at the time may not be a God choice for a lifetime.  If you "lean on your own understanding," you may someday feel like the person who fell out of the raft into the Colorado River.  The more you struggle, the deeper you go.

Just as Ruth was unaware of the larger purpose God had in mind for her life, you can't see the larger picture of your life.  Because of Ruth's faithful obedience, her life and legacy carried great significance even though she couldn't see the end result.  In a similar way, your faithfulness to God's leadership will bring a significance to your life that will extend beyond your lifetime.  The question is not how to find a mate, but who will find the mate.  God will direct you in choosing God's best. 

Excerpted from "Choosing God’s Best" © 1998 by Don Raunikar.  Used by permission of Multnomah Publishers, Inc.  Excerpt may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Multnomah Publishers, Inc.

Dr. Don Raunikar is director of New Life Clinics in Houston, Texas, where he works as a psychotherapist specializing in singles issues.  "Choosing God's Best"  is the result of what he has seen as a therapist and experienced as a single person.  He leads Christian singles seminars nationwide and oversees Lifehouse, a home for young women experiencing crisis pregnancies.  He and his wife Kimberley, live in Houston.