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There’s a time to wait and a time to act. Discernment is never easy. But it is a skill worth developing.

Who do you listen to? Whose advice is more sound?

A friend struggles to make the best decision for a declining spouse. Where will she receive the best care? When should I intervene as an advocate? Is what I observe my own bias and fear or a red flag that requires further attention?

It is never easy to evaluate options in order to make the best decision. Sometimes, we just don’t have enough data and our choices have to be made based on limited information.

The first place I go when faced with making tough choices is God. I can’t imagine living a life that doesn’t include God. The world is fickle and what is acceptable and unacceptable can change depending on the mood and culture of the moment. Yet there is a difference between the wisdom of man and the wisdom and Word of God. Man is fickle – God’s wisdom and saving grace is eternal.

If you haven’t done so before, and you are at the cross roads of making important decisions, perhaps this is the time to bow your head and heart and ask for wisdom, strength and understanding from God. Perhaps it is a time to pick up your bible and read the stories of lives just like ours. It may forever change how you see the world, problems, people and life. It may be the best decision of your life.

Marlene Anderson

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