dear weary mom, {when you have a choice to make}

Dear Weary Mom, What do you do when you're faced with a choice? You know, the one that feels so important that you're just sure the rest of your life will be affected in some profound way based on what you decide?

Many, many times I've told God that if He would just spell out the right choice for me I would make it. I mean, I'm committed here folks. I'm ready and willing to say "yes" to God and go where He leads me...if He would just tell me where He's leading me!

When you have a choice to make

choose the narrow gate

When my oldest son turned five my husband and I made a major, life-altering decision. It wasn't an easy decision, and in many ways it changed the course of our lives, influencing us on levels we didn't even know existed.

But we did it. 

Some people understood and encouraged us, telling us we were doing the right thing. Other people didn't understand and discouraged us, telling us we were wasting all of the opportunities God had given us.

On paper, our decision made no sense whatsoever, and it probably looked to everyone around us like we were being unwise. This one decision meant that many of the things we wanted in life weren't going to happen anytime soon. It was a difficult time, but as we looked around, we saw two gates before us—one was wide, the other narrow.

The Narrow Gate

I was reading a morning devotion with our boys the other day when Matthew 7:13-14 jumped off the page and into my heart. And it occurred to me that this principle makes for a pretty good litmus test when we're making those tough life decisions...

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14 ESV

Go through the gate where there are the least people. 

In other words, do the less popular thing.

When the world goes left because "everyone else is doing it," go right.

When the majority says "it won't hurt you," don't take their word for it. Look deeper, and decide for yourself.

When everyone around you says, "that's a horrible decision!" but you know in your heart it's what God is leading you to do, do it. Let Him pick up the pieces.

When the experts say, "the time is NOW!" but you feel God telling you to wait, wait. Trust Him to show you the right time for you.

Look for the narrow gate. And when you find it, walk through it with confidence knowing that even if it's harder, it's the way to life.

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