“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” ~ James 1:6-8
There is an easy chance of us all being swayed one way or the other these days. Paper or plastic? Chicken or beef? Left or right? Choices are everywhere. What happens, though, when you actually make a choice?
Here is one possibility: you make the choice, then, while carrying out tasks to complete what you have chosen to do, you begin to doubt yourself and the decision you’ve made. As a result, you go back to square one and take the alternative route, the one you feel you should have taken originally.
Here is another possibility: you make the choice and stick with it. You see your decision through until the end. You don’t waver from the path of completing it, and you stop at nothing until it’s finished.
Which of the two possibilities would you think are more productive and beneficial? Most certainly the latter of the two. The person who continually changes his mind will never accomplish anything; instead, he will live a life of doubt and miss the forest for the trees, as they say. Over thinking things can lead to indecisiveness as well as dissatisfaction.
The same goes with our walk on the Christian path. We have made a decision to follow Christ. That means accepting the entire package, not just one part of it. You get the goods with the bads, the ups with the downs. Sometimes people will listen to you, other times they will scorn you.
The most important thing to remember, though, is to not deviate from the road. Don’t lose hope. Continue on in the decisions you make, and when you ask God to grant you something, don’t ask for it while not really believing you’ll receive it. That’s just useless chatter and you should have just saved your breath! Have faith-filled words or don’t speak at all. You’ll see what it can truly do to transform your life and the lives of others.