Did you ever read one of those “choose your own adventure” books as a child? Or more recently, play one of the video games where you get to choose different options that determine the fate of your character?
My husband has been playing one such game that I bought him for Christmas and as I watched him play, I began to think about how we all, at different points in our life come to crossroads at which we have to choose a path that will shape our character and determine which way our life will go.
Unlike in the books or the game, we can’t flip back a few pages to see where other options lead, or start a new game if we don’t like the outcome. Life is much harder than that.
Look at any decision that you have made in your life—choosing your spouse; having one too many drinks; picking your career; or even the words you chose in that last fight you had with your friend—and accept that you can’t go back. You can learn from the past but you can’t erase it.
God tells us so often in the Bible to focus on the present; not the past or the future. I think He does that so we can be happy with our lives right now. Take for example, Ephesians 4:26, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger,” or Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own.”
Just like in those games, and in those books, you have to make the best decision that you can, with the information and resources you have right now, and trust in God that He will help lead you.