Thursday, August 14, 2008
Entombed in the Moment
I have a dear loved one who is in the midst of making a difficult decision. It might be easy for me to tell her what I think she should do... but I know better. She needs to make this decision because she is the one who will have to live with its ramifications. Good or bad.
As I prayed and asked the Lord for any guidance, He reminded me of the book "The Best Question Ever" by Andy Stanley. God tells us in Ephesians 5:15 to "Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise." And so Andy Stanley suggested that we ask ourselves the question...
In light of
my past experience,
my present circumstances, and
my future hopes and dreams...
What is the wise thing for me to do?
And I thought about you... I thought someone else needs this today.
So, as you are thinking about that decision you need to make, I want to encourage you to take some time to think...
What is my past experience?
What are my present circumstances?
What are my future hopes and dreams?
Now, with that knowledge, what is the wise thing for me to do?
I have found this question to be very helpful... life changing. It helps me to find areas where I have been deceiving myself... and refocuses me from being entombed in the moment to finding hope in the future... even JOY!
It is also a great question because it reminds us that there are NO COOKIE CUTTER ANSWERS. It helps us to look to God in prayer... and ask... what are my future hopes and dreams? Sometimes, we get so entrenched in our present we forget about hope and future... and wisdom.