“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”
– Ephesians 4:1-3 (The Message)
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 have 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 or climbing the career ladder. I can even remember a time 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 stress. Though I professed to be a Christian, I wasn’t willing to wait on Him or fully trust in Him to guide my steps. The result wasn’t very pretty. I spent two years in a career wilderness trying to get myself back on track.
Nearly thirty years later, that experience is still very painful to think about. Yet, without a doubt, I believe God allowed me to go through that crossroads 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 crossroads choices based on that fact. With that understanding, my relationship with Jesus grew and I trusted Him more and more . As we step out in new directions, God promises that He will always be beside us, supporting us. However, the choice is still ours.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the crossroad moments You have brought me to and through. With each passing day, may I know You better and trust You more. Amen.