Ever wonder how different your life would be if you had made one or two different decisions? Maybe if you’d turned down a job more than 10 years ago. Maybe if you’d stayed put instead of packing up a U-Haul and headed off to a new town?
I’ve been pretty reflective the past few days, thinking about what might have happened had I not taken a job that took me hundreds of miles away. It was a horrible job at a crummy little station that had me anchoring, reporting, shooting, producing and hosting news programs on a station nobody watched. I was paid the royal salary of $12,500 and all the water I could drink from the fountain. I guess at the time it seemed like a good idea, but looking back on it now I’m wondering “why would I have done that?” and “what if I turned it down?”
We’ve been talking in Sunday school the past few weeks about how God is sovereign and everything we do is part of His plan for our lives. I’ve always struggled with that concept.
Not that I doubt God’s sovereignty. I strongly believe that He has supreme authority over our world. But I also believe He gives us free will to make our own decisions. Sometimes we make the right choice, but often times we choose poorly.
In our Sunday school discussions some said they feel no matter what we choose to do, God knows how we’ll react and thus, it is part of His design and plan. He knows how things end. He knows our choices before we choose.
While I believe God does indeed know the future, I can’t believe our mistakes are part of His plan. If we choose to go against His plan for our lives, we can still be IN His will, but our choices may prevent us from realizing all of the blessings He has planned for us.
I’ve made some bad decisions in my life. Some stand out more than others and I wonder how much more God had planned for me had I searched more and relied on Him to help me choose.
Where would I be if I had turned down that crummy job? Where would I be if I had taken a job in Birmingham when offered back in 1993? Where would I be if I had taken the job in Chattanooga four years ago?
I’m not regretting all of the choices I’ve made. I love what I’m doing now. Business is good, God is blessing my video business and ministry more than I deserve. I’ve got plenty of work and will be starting work on 3 new projects in the next couple of weeks.
But I wonder how much more God would have blessed my life and career had I asked Him what I should do.
Life is a long journey. How much God blesses us depends on how much we depend on Him. So if you stumble across this blog and you’ve got some decisions to make, think about your motives. Is it what YOU want, or what you believe God wants you to do.