From a Dove Promises chocolate, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
I’m cleaning out some stuff from high school and younger, and I’m amazed at how easy it was to choose a college. Considering the enormity of the decision, I hardly broke a sweat. Ok, ok, I spent a lot of time researching which colleges to apply to that were a “best” fit. When it came down to the Intent to Register though, I picked one that I visited. on a rainy day. during winter break. without seeing anything (because we didn’t know where to go).
These days, even the smallest of options vexes me. And I never seem to be certain the choice I made was the right one. I spend so much time calculating risk, trying to anticipate possible outcomes to maximize happiness. I end up in analysis paralysis.
If I had known how my world would shift at UCSB, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to go. Yet, looking back, I know it was the right decision. Why was such certainty possible then?
There is a J. Budziszewski article that names three laws of discernment, the third of which is obediently following whatever path is wisest. This follows after a habit of praying, a habit of faith, and contemplating the relevant aspects of the decision in the presence of God.
(And here is a more recent blog post that speaks to Relationship as the key to discernment: http://danceintherain.com/2014/01/30/discerning-gods-will-simple-green-light/)
It’s time to get rid of the distractions that cloud my vision..
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.