Several months ago, in the post Abundantly More Faith, I shared how, during a season of career unknowns, I had received an unexpected text from a friend asking about my interest in a potential job opening. Within 10 days, I had five possible job offers to consider – none of which I had been searching for or pursuing. I am a “yes” person and never want to disappoint anyone, but I certainly couldn’t agree to working five different jobs.
It was a struggle to come to a decision. I could have done any one of the jobs successfully and I would have been happy doing all of them. As I prayed through each position, I remembered an article I had once read on Christian Post where Andy Stanley encourages Christians to ask these 5 important questions before making a decision:
- Why am I doing this?
- What story do I want to tell?
- Is there a tension that deserves my attention?
- What is the wise (not the right) thing to do?
- What does love require of me?
It’s Stanley’s clarification to question #4 that really helped me process through my options:
“Your greatest regret is generally preceded by a series of unwise decisions. A lack of wisdom is what brings us to the precipice of the decision we wish we could go back and unmake. In light of my past experience, what is the wise thing for me to do? In light of my current circumstances and state of mind, what is the wise thing for me to do? In light of my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?” – Andy Stanley
Using these questions as a guide, the decision became obviously clear and today, as a result, I have the privilege of positively impacting my community by preparing the next generation of children from within the walls of my preschool classroom.
Wisdom, it’s God’s gift to us and, when we walk in godly wisdom, He promises to hold us. He directs our steps. He delights in every detail of our lives. There are times we will stumble, but we will never fall because He holds us by the hand. What more could we desire?
He holds us even when it’s hard to hold onto Him.
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. – Psalm 37:23-24 NLT
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