The right course of action

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2015

“Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.”- Galatians 6:10 (NRSV)

“Never try to choose the right course of action in the wrong frame of mind.”- John Ortberg

John Ortberg continues his discussion of some ways God’s wisdom can lead us to, as well as help us through, open doors we encounter.

2.  Practice on small doors.  Pastor Ortberg cautions us not to wait to ask for wisdom until we’re facing a major decision.  Practicing on small doors develops our ability to choose wisely when big decisions come.  Plus, small door opportunities are everywhere.  John concludes:

“Choosing doors always involves a process: I recognize opportunity, identify options, evaluate, choose, and learn.”

3.  Allow time and energy for big decisions.  Pastor Ortberg states that one reason why “finding God’s will for my life” is so problematic is that we’re overwhelmed by the many choices we must make:

“We think having more choices means more freedom, and more freedom means better living.  But having too many choices does not produce liberation, it produces paralysis.”

Open door people seek simplicity in their lives so that their finite supply of willpower is saved for the most important decisions.  John adds that wise people shepherd their choosing energy well and never make important decisions unless they’re experiencing “the peace of God, which transcends all[human] understanding.”- Philippians 4:7

Today’s question: How have you increased your awareness of small door opportunities?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “What’s your problem?”


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