Why Little Decisions Change Everything

I often hear people talk about coming to a crossroads in their life – a time when they knew they had a big decision to make. They knew this big decision would lead them down a completely different path. It’s massive. It’s scary and sometimes it’s completely life changing.

  • Shall I marry him?
  • Do I move to Africa?
  • Do I walk away from this job opportunity?

I can think of many crossroads I’ve faced in my life; big decisions like career choices, jobs, relationships, and my faith. The big stuff. That’s what crossroad decisions are all about aren’t they?

But what about the smaller decisions in my life that I never would have labelled as ‘crossroads’?

Some of these decisions have unwittingly taken me down a path that has utterly changed my life, sometimes for good, and sadly sometimes for bad. It’s the little crossroads we face each day that over time can  lead us in a completely different direction than we’d intended.

The Crossroad of Fear

I continually chose to cringe back from opportunities that God was intending for me to walk into. Sometimes the opportunity was a tiny decision, yet I missed a small opportunity that in the distant future would have taken me on to a path that would utterly change my life and the lives of others.

The Crossroad of Complacency

I consistently chose my comfort over the comfort or needs of others. Little choices that if I stopped and squinted my eyes into the distance, all the way down the road of lost opportunity, what would be ahead? Yet again and again I’ve turned to the road that is familiar, comfortable and easy.

The Crossroads I’ve Said Yes To

Then there are those crossroads that I look back at and see the path I walked and it was so worth it. Those times I said yes. Yes to the risks. Yes to the adventure.

Even little things like saying yes to making the time for my kids or my neighbour or friend. Yes to pushing past the hurt and choosing to forgive. Yes to trusting in God and choosing to believe in His goodness even though there are things I’ve experienced that just don’t make sense. And sometimes I’ve said no at these crossroads because I knew there were other things or people I had to put first.

I’m making myself more aware of the crossroads I’m facing in my everyday life; the choices big and small that we all face on a daily basis.

“Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…”

Jeremiah 6:16

I’m realising that even my small daily choices are decisions that can over time completely change the path I walk.

I want to walk in grace, in faith, in confidence and be free from fear and regret.

So seek God for direction as you walk your daily life and listen to what He says when you come to the crossroads.  When the crossroads, change, pressure or decisions come, be aware that even though you may feel scared or uncomfortable, this could be a moment that helps you move into an amazing road ahead that God has.

Most of all, do not fear, as Proverbs 16:9 says, the Lord is directing your steps.

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