If you know me you probably know that I believe everything we do, where we find ourselves in life, the people who are in our lives . . . all are the result of choices we made. It took me a long time to accept this truth (because I’ve made some colossally unhealthy choices in my life) and now I “preach” it often.
Our choices lead us to people, places and situations in life, and they are almost always choices we have consciously made. Furthermore, we are responsible for choosing our responses to people, events and circumstances. Accepting that our choices are ours alone, and taking responsibility for the harmful ones as well as the healthy ones, is vital to our growth.
Recently, I gave a talk to a group of women about choices – taking responsibility for them and making healthy ones. A couple of days later God used my own words to snap me out of a very dark place I was [choosing to be] stuck in. I had been going through a major season of struggle and felt like I was losing. I finally came completely untethered in my prayer time one morning and was railing at God through my tears of hurt and anger, and yelled out to Him that I was tired of hoping and being disappointed, and “why should I bother to keep hoping anyway?!” And you know what He graciously said?
God’s response: “Hope is a choice.”
That pretty much stopped me dead in my tracks.
I made the healthy choice. The circumstances haven’t changed. The answers haven’t come. The waiting continues. But choosing hope – sometimes multiple times a day – has made it easier to be where I am, in the uncertainty and the often uneasy stillness. Choosing hope gives me the courage to dare to look forward to whatever God has in store for me and to rest in the knowledge that it will be good because He is good.
Of course, I can’t post something about choices or about hope without saying that we can also choose whether or not we respond to God’s call on our life, be it to salvation, a career, a geographical location, or whatever. If you want to talk to me about that choice, and about the ultimate Source of hope, please message me and I’d be honored to talk to you about this.