We all have the authority to choose so many things in our lives. You can choose to have joy and be grateful, or you can choose to be negative and miserable. It’s your choice. You can choose to be stressed and overwhelmed, or you can choose to have peace and trust in God’s plan and His strength. It’s your choice. You can choose how you spend your time. Will you spend an extra hour or two at work or will you spend that time with your family? It’s your choice. Will you spend the 30 minutes you have waiting for the next meeting scrolling through Facebook, or spend that time reading and investing into yourself as a leader? It’s your choice. The choices we make over time will affect every area in our life in a positive or negative way depending on what decisions are made.
Decisions are inevitable. As leaders in ministry, we are faced with countless decisions that often affect a lot of people. For me, this can be incredibly intimidating. How do I know if I’ll make the right choice? What happens if this is the wrong decision? What can I do so I won’t make the wrong choice in the future? The answer is simple: Ask for wisdom, and ask if you’re making the wise choice.
Wisdom is something that we should never feel like we have enough of. The great news is that God tells us in Scripture that if we want wisdom, all we have to do is ask! “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking,” James 1:5.
Now, do we need to make the “right” choice every time and never ever mess up? Of course not! Odds are, we’ll fail, and that’s okay! Another choice we can make is to learn from every failure and to grow in wisdom based on past experiences. It’s your choice.
As Dr. Seuss said,
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go!”
Sarah Bolduc serves as the NLC Kids Director at Next Level Church. Sarah graduated from Valley Forge Christian College with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Each week, she prepares the curriculum for NLC Kids and equips the kids team leads from all 7 locations so that they can raise up a generation of world-changers in NLC Kids. Sarah and her husband, Mike, live in Biddeford, Maine.