I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a
manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
with all humility and greatness, with patience, bearing
with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity
of Spirit in the bond of peace.
– Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV)
A glance in the rearview mirror of my life would clearly reveal many “crossroad” moments. The fact that God gives us so many choices is exciting, but it can also be a little scary. I wish I could say that I’ve always made the best choices in my life, but I haven’t. As a young coach, professional decisions were all too often based on worldly things like money of climbing the career ladder. I painfully remember a time when I was willing to do just about anything to escape the situation I found myself in. I was completely exhausted and overwhelmed. I prayed a little, but my life was consumed by the stress of the moment. Though I professed to be a Christ-follower, I wasn’t willing to wait on God or fully trust in Him to guide my steps. The result wasn’t pretty and I spent almost two years in a career wilderness trying to get myself back on track.
Nearly thirty years later, that experience is still very fresh on my mind. Without a doubt, I believe God allowed me to go through that “crossroad” moment in order to build up my trust in Him and to prepare me for the road He wanted me to travel. My calling to coach never changed, but my purpose did. God’s purpose is always to bring glory to His name and He wants us to make our “crossroad” decisions based on that fact. With that understanding, my relationship with Jesus grew and I began to trust Him more and more. As we step out in new directions, God promises He will always be beside us showing the way. However, the choice is still ours to make.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the “crossroad” moments You bring me to and through. With each passing day, may I know You better and trust You more. Amen.