Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
I have a habit of over-analyzing things. If I'm not careful, I can sometimes slip into a "paralysis by analysis" state, where I just do nothing because I've stressed so much about the details. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I hate to fail, so it is very easy for me to become obsessed with any and everything. Naturally, I find myself over-thinking about what it is that God really wants me to do. Am I in the right job? Am I attending the right church? Am I serving in the right ministry? Am I writing the right blog topic? Is this the right business idea? Is this the right guy? And on and on it goes...I want to know who, what, where, when, why, and how before I do it. I would love if everything was black and white, crystal clear, just give it to me straight. As you can see, I am totally obsessed with details! Unfortunately, as I have come to learn, God doesn't do details. He's more of a big picture, I'll drop one bread crumb at a time (after you take a step of faith) to lead you to your destiny kind of Guy, and it drives me absolutely nuts!
So how do we really know if we're in God's will? How do we know if the last decision that we made was the "right" one? How will we know if the next decision that we make will be the right one?
When we look at Colossians 3:17 it says that WHATEVER you do, do it ALL in the name of the Lord. So does it really matter what you do, as opposed to why you're doing it, or who you're representing while you're doing it? I could have chosen a different college, major, profession, city to live in, etc., but I didn't, and God was and is still with me. I believe that God is ready and willing to meet us wherever we are, no matter what path we choose, even if we make a few wrong turns, or go through a few wrong doors along the way. He is the master director, orchestrator, etc., and always has a way of rerouting us if need be.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
If you are like me, and have a tendency of obsessing over the details, seek God, and take a step of faith. We wouldn't need God if we had all of the answers before we pursued anything in this life. But God longs to keep us close to and dependent on Him. Interestingly enough, He is able to create this intimacy through ambiguity. Even when we aren't sure what to do, we must remember that God will light the way. When your path seems dark, foggy, and unclear, turn on God's light by seeking Him, His Word, His will, and His ways. Turn your focus on the Who and the why, and you'll always end up at the what, exactly when and where you're supposed to be.
God loves you!
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