Have you found yourself praying for direction for a “life changing event”? We often find ourselves wondering what the right step is for our next “big life decision”. Where should I go to college? Who should I date? Where should I work? We are continuously searching for answers for these big decisions.
God can and will answer you if you seek after him for direction in these areas. However, I propose to you that God does not only want to be a part of the “big” decisions of your life, but he really does want to speak to you and guide you throughout every decision. I truly believe that how we let God speak to us in the small things determines how he can speak to us in the big decisions. Often we find ourselves just going through life and living our daily lives being busy with school and work. Throughout each day there are many decisions we make that effect our future. Each day we choose how we are going to act around other people, we make decisions of the places we are going to go, and the way we will spend our time. If only we would realize what potential lies ahead of us to allow the greatest voice to lead and direct us each day we wake up.
I believe God wants to give us direction and help each day. There have been times in life that I did not think what I did really mattered. The little moments at work, school, and home truly effected people more than what I thought were the “big changing moments.” Moments at work when I did not realize that someone was watching me, all to find out, they were watching. They were watching to see how I would react to things going on and would later confront me asking how I managed to make it through when things were not going smoothly.
A lot of times I find myself asking the question to myself how Andy Stanley says it, “What is the wise thing for me to do?” Psalms 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Jesus wants to not only light up your path, but show you each step that you should be taking.
I have been hiking in the mountains in Montana a couple times and no matter how much there I try to look at things around me I find myself looking down at the path most of the time, because I need to see what is required of my next step. I can take each step accordingly if I am paying attention to what I need to do. The times when I take my eyes off the path and my next step I found myself tripping over a rock or losing a little balance. Yes, I absolutely found myself stopping and taking in the beauty around me, but once I would start hiking again my main focus was on the next step I needed to take. Even though I was so focused on my next step, so I didn’t fall while hiking, I still managed to make it down the path and make it to each destination. I wonder how many times in life we stumble and make mistakes because we are concentrating on the “big decisions” that we miss the small opportunities for God to allow us to take the next step that will take us to the decision he has for us. I believe there are things to be done and people’s lives to be touched far more from the daily small decisions than we truly know. I challenge you to ask God to direct your day, every day. Look more on the steps that are right before you and just see what God will do. It just may save you from making some falls and stumbles. God does care and is willing to help you with everything you do!
The Little decisions you make matter to God!
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
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