Be Thou My Vision

From a Dove Promises chocolate, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

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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.

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3 comments

  1. mscachan · · Reply

    My dove chocolate says to, “Laugh more” =)

    One of my favorite hymns!
    SB wasn’t super easy to choose for me, and I did doubt my decision to accept or stay, but it was all God. =)

    1. I remember your visit, your not being sure of which to choose.. Yes, all God.

  2. mscachan · · Reply

    *Laugh whenever possible* (correction)

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