The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. – Psalm 116:5 (NIV)
With little training, we can become very good at making poor decisions – sometimes in rapid fire. Often, the consequences of those decisions can throw us into a tailspin as soon as they take flight. Regardless of how appropriate our decisions may seem to be in the moment, once the passion, excitement, or intrigue of the moment starts to fade, we can quickly experience frustration and regret.
Poor decisions do not have to define you.
You aren’t alone. We all make poor decisions. Remember that Adam and Eve kicked off the cycle of bad choices, and we seem to make a point to keep the streak alive. God deals with you and me the same way He dealt with the original bad decision – He runs toward us – He forgives us – He gives us a way out.
Facing the consequences of a bad decision can feel like the 5th round of a prize fight – with our hands tied behind our back. We can either stay in the ring and continue to receive the beating, or we can take a knee and ask God to stand in our place… again… and He will. (Thank you, Lord.)
Let’s work hard to be more like Christ. Take a breath before that next critical moment and ask God to fill you with His spirit and wisdom to make the best decision. Perhaps over time we’ll continue to make less bad choices and become more reliable in our decision making.
And remember… it doesn’t matter what we do or how far we stray… we can’t outrun the arms of God. In the face of the worst action possible, God’s grace is sufficient. There is nothing you can do to make God love you less.
So let’s get on our knees, own up to our mistakes, and allow God’s grace to give us a new day.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Tell one friend about A recent bad decision. Pray together for strength to shake it off.
PRAY: God, I’ve made some mistakes. I’ve chased some poor ideas and decided to run to them rather than to You. Forgive me for trying to do this life on my own. Give me the desire to let go of the frustrations and strength grab on to your glory. Amen.