Deliberately choosing isn’t a phrase you hear used often. In some cases, it’s because people have been convinced they don’t have a choice. Instead, they go with the flow whether it is at work, church, school, or the neighborhood barbecue. It’s easier to fit in and not make waves by choosing to deliberately do or say something that will alienate you from those around you.
In other cases, people believe themselves to be so harried and harassed they are convinced they don’t have the energy to make deliberate choices. So they also go with the flow.
Whatever the reason, the result is the same. By not deliberately choosing, you are still choosing. You are choosing to let others direct your life, direct your children, direct your church, direct your vocation, etc. By choosing to not speak up, to not acknowledge something beyond the acceptable narrative, you are deliberately choosing the path of least resistance – even if it doesn’t align with your beliefs and convictions.
It’s always worthwhile to ask ourselves if it’s time to work on deliberately choosing in some part of life. Is there a situation where we’ve been going with the flow and we sense God is calling us to stop? Have we been going along to get along because we’re weary, but now we realize we can’t do it any longer? Are there choices we need to deliberately make in order to have some aspect of life better aligned with our faith in Christ?
We probably all have some part of our life where we would benefit from making deliberate choices beginning today. If you need additional inspiration, here are a few of my posts related to deliberately choosing.
- Calling versus Clutter – The Joy of a Deliberate Life
- A Quiet Simple Life Means Facing the Truth and Reality
- The Hours and Days Create Your Life
- A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
May God bless you as you make deliberate choices in the days ahead.