Responsible Choices

By Deb Crowley of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, USA

The path will not always be easy, the choices will not always be clear, but the cause is sure and the Spirit will bear witness to the truth, and those who live the truth will know the hope and the joy of discipleship in the community of Christ. Amen.  Doctrine and Covenants 161:7

It’s been a while since you drove this route. The voice from your Global Positioning System (GPS) tells you to “turn in two miles.” But a road you just passed looked right.

So, ignoring the voice, you turn around and choose the direction that seems right. As you travel, the voice continues to direct you to turn around in half a mile.

The time to reach your destination has grown incredibly short! After a dozen or so ignored direction changes, you stubbornly turn the voice off, knowing you are correct.

Funny, now there are no familiar signs or landmarks. Time is running out. After 20 stubborn miles, you stop, find the paper map, and try to get your bearings. Drat! The GPS was right, after all! You turn the voice back on and decide to follow its lead, even if it seems illogical. Amazingly, you arrive at your destination—late, but forgiven.

Life is such a journey. God’s voice through the Holy Spirit to your inner soul continually offers guidance.

Yet so often we think we know best and persistently choose our own path. We turn off the voice and continue to create our own road map. Sadly, too often, we find ourselves lost, alone, and frustrated.

When we finally listen to the Voice that penetrates our souls, we find healing, grace, and forgiveness. The voice of God has echoed across the ages and refuses to be stilled. God continually calls us to the work of Christ’s mission—a journey familiar and unfamiliar, full of surprise and mystery. But if we listen and follow, we’re in for an awesome life!

Prayer for Peace:

Revealing God, open our minds to your leadings. Open our hearts to your direction for sharing the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the network of relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life.

What blessings flow to you from these circles? Go deeper each day as you “discern and embrace” the “divine blessing” of this name that opens you to “become a blessing to the whole creation” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:1). What act of blessing are you invited to complete?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will get my bearings from the scriptures. I will listen to your Spirit in my soul before I make my choices.

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