Today’s society presents us with many choices and possibilities that only seem to grow more numerous with time and the “advance” of culture.
They say that “variety is the spice of life” and I suspect it is true. Yet, the many choices that stand before us can be confusing. We need to learn how to wisely use the gift of free will, our ability to choose. This gift, if used constructively, can provide much good for our world, but if abused it can create untold grief.
Wisdom dictates that in order to use our gift of free will wisely, we must ask ourselves some important questions concerning how well we follow Jesus, the shepherd and gatekeeper, in the decisions we make.
What are the criteria that we use to make the important decisions of our lives? Do we seek out family and friends, colleagues and associates? What place does God have in our decision making process? What responsibility do we feel for those God has entrusted to us? Young people, students, or subordinates at work all look to elders and superiors to lead them.
By following our lead will people find the pasture of life or are we leading people astray by the conduct of our lives? What choices have we made lately? Were they helpful and did they aid us along the path of life or were they destructive? If they were harmful, did we have the courage to change and make a better choice?
When we make decisions are they based solely on our needs and wants or do we consider the desires of others? If we find ourselves in positions of authority, do we make choices that are beneficial to all or are we selfish in our choices?
Jesus’ life demonstrates that suffering is part of the Christian life. Are we willing to make the decision that may cause suffering because it is the right choice, or do we shy away because we are afraid to endure a crisis for the sake of Christ’s name?
Thanks for Fr. Richard E. Gribble, CSC. Thanks to Pixabay for the picture.
When YOU make decisions are they based solely on YOUR needs and wants or do YOU consider the desires of others?
THE GREATEST TEST OF FAITH IS WHEN YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT, BUT YOU ARE STILL ABLE TO SAY, “THANK YOU, LORD!”