Think about the Choices you’re Making. Devotional By Craig Groeschel
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." (Prov. 16:9 ESV)
No matter how old we get, wisdom often hangs in the balance between a good decision and one that becomes a slippery slope toward disaster. In my case, this is often literally true.
Or at least it was a while back when I injured my foot during a savage game of indoor soccer.
Immediately after it happened, I could barely walk. When I went to my doctor, he gave me a giant, heavy, ugly boot that I had to wear while it healed, a sort of “man-UGG.”
I tried to be a good patient, until the day that I remembered we still had Christmas lights up on our house.
And since I didn’t want to be that guy who leaves his Christmas lights up all year, I decided to take them down—right then. Yes, I realize how crazy that sounds now, but at the time it made perfect sense.
Just like many of our decisions seem to make sense in the moment, it’s not until later, when facing the consequences, that we realize how impulsive or reckless or foolish we’ve been.
Fortunately, after climbing the ladder, I listened to the voice of reason—spoken through my daughter—and came down. I had to step back, literally, and look at the big picture and potential consequences in order to have clarity.
Today think about the choices you’re making and their consequences. Are you allowing God to establish your steps? Or are you trying to climb a ladder with a broken foot?
Father, sometimes I rush ahead and make decisions that I later regret. Today I want to slow down, step back, and allow you to show me my next move.