Every decision we make, a thousand times a day, takes us into a certain direction. One mere degree off course can take us very far off our goal over time. Some decisions are easy to make, and we make them without giving it a second thought. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are making a decision at all. Most times, actually.
Some decisions are very hard, and so we take them more seriously, we put more deliberation into them, and hopefully involve God in them too.
But it’s the little decisions that often take us much further off course, because we make them so mindlessly.
The picture God showed me, was of the mountain that our life here on earth represents. Every day we hike up the mountain a little more. We have to climb the whole mountain in our lifetime. Every godly decision we make, takes us further up. Idle ones just keep us on the spot. Ungodly decisions take us further down, and wrong ones take us sideways.
Sometimes, the godly response is hard. Your spouse said something insensitive, it cut deep. You simply cannot face it right now, so you just cry to yourself and make a decision never to share that kind of thing with him again. This decision is much easier than to deal with, than to face it, talk it through, become vulnerable and then forgive him. But the easier-to-deal-with-for-now decision, takes us a step or two down the hill, and now, tomorrow’s climb is twice as steep. Sometimes we make a very long string of bad decisions and go very far down the hill. Eventually the mountain is impossible to climb, by now, you are facing divorce. But the next mountain is steeper, rockier, filled with cliffs and gorges.
As it turns out, those daily tough-to-face decisions, are easier in the long run, than to take the easy way out.
A few weeks ago, we were confessing our iniquities in the group we were in. One precious lady confessed that she struggled with forgiveness. I very quickly dismissed forgiveness as something I don’t struggle with at all. But oh how wrong I was. God proceeded in the following few days to reveal to me just how often I made a decision to shut off a piece of my heart instead of forgiving. How much damage that had caused in my relationships.
Forgiveness is just one of many decisions we make daily.
It is worth spending time with God to find out what our decision making pattern looks like. We can save ourselves so much heartache by rather facing the tough uphill rock right now, than to turn back for a few steps. You can handle the current uphill, but you probably can’t handle the accumulation of a few of them.
We must cross the mountain. But it’s so much easier to navigate with our Guide, the Holy Spirit, and to listen to His prompts when He cautions us to climb up this rock. He cheers us on, especially on the steep bits.