“What will it be? Door #1, Door #2, Door #3?”
Those infamous words of Monty Hall on the gameshow “Let’s Make A Deal” were part of my afternoon routine when I was little. At the age of 4, I was too young to be in school full-time and too old (at least in my mind) to take an afternoon nap (it really is true that naps are wasted on the young…)!
My mom would be doing her ironing while watching the show, and I would curl up on the couch and stay as quiet as a mouse, so I didn’t get shooed off to my room for the dreaded “quiet time”! The show totally fascinated me.
If you’ve seen the show (which has been resurrected and now hosted by Wayne Brady), you’ll know that it culminates with one big ole decision for the winning contestants – choose the UNKNOWN prizes behind one of three doors. Make the best choice – and they’d win a mother-load of blessings from cash, trips, and appliances, to even a car! But make the wrong choice, and well, they might have simply won an old goat (literally) or a big bag of un-popped popcorn kernels.
And, gosh, the amount of time some of these contestants took to make their big decision sometimes felt eternal. They’d hem and haw and look for help from the audience. They’d scratch their heads and bite their nails. And then, finally, Monty would have to push them out of their indecision and they’d blurt out a door number.
Sometimes, we, too, find ourselves afraid to make a decision because we believe that every choice we face is “one and done”. Pick the correct door and be blessed, or pick the wrong one suffer the regret and consequences of it forever. Amen, anyone?!
Luckily, that’s not really the Truth!
“…so many people stress over knowing God’s will and what the right choice is to make. But sometimes God gives us two or more choices that would all please Him and be in His will. We get to choose.” Lysa TerKeurst, The Best Yes
Fear makes us think we need to make the perfect choice, doesn’t it? Fear makes us believe that once a choice has been made, there’s no going back. But fear doesn’t come from God.
What DOES come from God, sweet friends, are opened doors.
Life is not a series of random, closed door choices, like Let’s Make a Deal. God places opened doors in our path, and WE make the choices as to which ones to walk through.
And when we walk through one of them, we’ve automatically woven our life into God’s will for us.
God doesn’t force us through a doorway. He does not even specify which door we are supposed to pick! That decision is up to us.
God is concerned with us becoming the people He intended us to be. And part of that process means growing and learning, and yeah – sometimes even making mistakes. So, we are presented with a lot of doors this side of heaven, requiring us to make a lot of decisions.
And it’s okay if, after making what we thoughts was a wise choice, we realize we went the wrong direction. We can retrace our steps, and head back to where we started – the door isn’t locked. There is always a way out. Through prayer, wise counsel and guidance, and even – if needed – repentance, we will learn from it and make a better choice next time, and the next, and so on.
The freedom that comes from following and trusting God, and walking through those opened doors becomes exhilarating because it honestly does mean that the possibilities are endless.
But you’ve got to CHOOSE. Research has shown that the average 70 year-old American has made 1.8 million meaningful decisions in their life. With that in mind, I think it gives us GREAT motivation to take at least a moment or two to include God in the decision making process! His wise counsel through scripture and prayer is crucial in us learning to live out Best Yes, God Graced lives, don’t you think?
Listen to this: Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life. Proverbs 4:23, ERV.
In other words, be discerning in what you think, because your thoughts become your decisions, which in turn, become your actions. Our decisions shouldn’t be knee-jerk, “Let’s Make a Deal” style, uninformed ones. In fact, that little nugget from Proverbs clearly warns us otherwise.
God says, “I’ve placed these open doors in front of you. You choose.”
Today, let that be your motivation to look at a decision you’ve been wrestling with and take a step or two toward (or even THRU) a door!! 😉
Following along with our series? Here’s your homework for this week:
1. Read chapters 10-12 in The Best Yes!
2. Complete Session Three homework in the study guide!
3. Write out a proverb on your chalkboard (see page 99 in the study guide for a list of them)!
4. Have a look at my video for GracePace on the Woman at the Well! (Click here for the link!)
5. Listen/watch our song of the week, “Today is Beautiful” by David Dunn. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFLgmvzk-ik
Have a great week, everyone!
Peace, love, and JOY!
Up Next Week: The smelly belly of a whale…;)