Spiritual Practice

Making Choices

Adrianne Allison

Deciding how to spend our lives can be tough. We all want to feel fulfilled, to make a difference, to start a family, to land a prestigious job, or to travel the world. But how do we get there?

Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed by the choices: What college should I attend? What should I study? What job should I take? As I go through this process, I realize more and more that the key is to obey God in our little, day-to-day choices. By consistently praying, studying the Bible, and seeking good advice, we can learn to follow God’s direction in our lives, no matter how large or small the decision may be.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV)

For most of us, the choices we make aren’t between good and evil. They’re between good and better or even between two equally good options. We don’t need to stress too much about a decision between two good choices, since there is no wrong option. If we are open to God’s leading and listen to wise counsel as we make decisions, God will use us wherever we are.


THINK ABOUT IT: With what choices are you struggling? Have you prayed for wisdom? Who can you ask for advice?

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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