Life is a series of choices. From the moment we’re old enough to realize that we have the power to choose, we start making decisions. Do I throw a fit because that mean boy took my toy away or go play with a different toy? Should I have corn or green beans at lunch? Do I wear tennis shoes or boots? And what about college majors? Something practical or something fun?
Not all choices directly affect your future, but many of them do. And if you don’t get into the habit of making wise choices while you’re young, you start paying the consequences when you get older. But the trouble I always run into is choosing between several good options.
I’m not old, but I’ve lived enough life to tell a bad choice from a good one. And I don’t want to make a bad choice about anything. So I try to steer clear from those. And the Bible usually provides me with enough insight to tell the difference. But what about when you have an assortment of choices, and they’re all equally good? How do you choose?
When I was in high school, I chose not to pursue any kind of romantic relationship until I finished my education. I know that was a good choice for me, but it wasn’t the only choice I had. It was just the choice I made. In college, I chose to pursue a journalism degree because it was the practical side of writing. I would have much rather gone for an English degree or a literature degree. But I wasn’t sure where I could use it or how it would figure into a future career for me.
When it comes to choosing a job–well, I didn’t choose my first “real” job. I took it because there wasn’t anything else. What I’ve discovered is that your job is what you have to do and your career is what you want to do.
Regardless of where you are in life, choices never stop. In a single day’s time, you’ll make hundreds of decisions, some important and some not so important. What matters is the mindset you have when you’re choosing.
If you’re making decisions because they’re easy or fun, you may find yourself in a pickle down the road. That’s not to say every choice you make has to be painful. Some good and right choices are fun and result in lots of immediate happiness. But more often than not, the best choices mean you have to let something else go. And if you’re anything like me, letting go hurts.
That doesn’t mean all your decisions need to make you cry and grind your teeth either. Like everything else in life, you need balance. But balance comes with wisdom, and you only get wisdom from God.
So have you got two good choices in front of you? Maybe you have three good choices. Maybe even four. You can’t choose them all. But you have to choose something. Pray about it. Read your Bible. Talk to God and wise friends. And then make a choice.
You can think about making a choice all day long, but where the rubber meets the road is where real life happens. You have to choose. And after you’ve chosen, don’t hold on to regrets. Don’t look back at those other paths you could have taken, because you can’t go back. If the path you’re on runs out, you might have the chance to change course, but for now, stay where you are. Be on the path until God moves you.