Which Way To Go?

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “way.”

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Which way to go?

As someone who is “directionally-challenged” it’s a question I often ask myself.  The one thing I’ve learned about trying to find my way in an unfamiliar place is that if my sense of direction tells me to go one way, the opposite path is usually a good choice!

It’s a question I ask in life too.  Fortunately my sense of direction is slightly better in other matters but, still, I’m often uncertain.

Should I say yes to this new opportunity?
Which way should I go when both paths look promising?
What will the consequences be of choosing one path over another?
What if I go the wrong way?

For most of us, these questions come up in the context of major life decisions- jobs, relationships, studies, choices about where to live…

…but more and more I’m realising that we face these choices every day.

Often we automatically choose one path or the other out of habit, but it’s good to stop and think:

How can I choose the way of love in this situation?
Will I choose grace when I’m tempted instead to wander down the path of bitterness?
Can I choose what is right over what is easy?
How can I stay on the path of gratitude instead of drifting onto the way of discontentment?
When I’m under pressure will I focus on challenging circumstances and give into despair, or will I focus on God’s faithfulness to his promises and choose the way of hope?

Usually these seem like small decisions at the time, but over time all those little steps add up and they do make a difference to the way we’re going.

Sometimes it’s hard to know the right way.  Other times, knowing the way is easy; finding the strength to keep walking in it is the difficult part.

Either way, we are not alone.

We have a guide who walks with us, giving us the strength and wisdom to choose the right way if we will turn to him.

I don’t always know the right way to go, but I do know that HE is the way, and that he is absolutely committed to staying with us and guiding us to our destination.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.””  (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

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17 thoughts on “Which Way To Go?

  1. It’s remarkable to me that God allows us such freedom to come to a place where we include him in all of our ways. I’m so thankful that when we ask reflective questions we have God to guide us and lead us in the ways he wants us to go because we love him. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Yep, don’t know my right from my left hand without touching my rings! Had to smile when you wrote to choose the opposite way your gut is telling you! That is SO me too! My daughter used to hang on to me as we left a store in the mall so she could drag me the right direction. Oh dear…..THANK GOODNESS there’s no impairment in knowing Who directs us in life! Just loved your thoughts here! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Cindy #fmf

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  3. “Will I choose grace when I’m tempted instead to wander down the path of bitterness?”

    This question hits me where I live right now. On Friday I found out that some people have been going around dragging my name through the mud, relating their version of an event that isn’t anywhere close to the truth. My pastor had to step in. I’m alternating between fury, anxiety and the peace that is mine by Christ. I want to yell. I want to see my idea of justice gone. I need to choose His peace.

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