As I sit at my desk this morning I’m greeted by a vast blanket of white sitting static at my window. My view veiled as I strain to see what lay beyond. And I think how appropriate as I work through the fog of the decisions I must make. What is the next right thing?
Life is full of decisions. We all make multiple decisions every day, from the mundane to life altering. Researchers estimate that the average person makes 35,000 decisions per day. No wonder so many people are suffering from decision fatigue.
That is where I find myself right now. A phone call at the end of August rocked my world. A client whose business comprised 38% of my income called to inform me they have changed positions. And as a result they no longer need the services I provide.
What should I do? How will I pay my bills? What are my options? Is this the end of my dream? All these thoughts and more rushed through my mind like a tidal wave.
As I begin searching countless options overwhelm sets in. My battle with FOMO (fear of missing out) and paralysis by analysis rages. It is then I hear the still small voice of the Spirit whisper, “Is this situation bigger than your God?”
The answer is obvious, just like anything we face in life nothing is bigger than our God who loves us with an everlasting love. Psalm 16:11 says, “You have made known to me the path of life.”
That’s when I remember a book I saved to my amazon bookbag earlier this year. In a moment of divine serendipity I read a recommendation for the book (I wish I could remember who so I could thank them). The book is The Next Right Thing by Emily P Freeman (affiliate link).
I felt a strong prompting to go ahead and order the book even though my budget is squeezed to the point of pain right now. Am I ever glad I obeyed that prompt.
There are books that come along every so often that will rock your world as they lead you on a transformational journey deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The Next Right Thing is one of those books.
When I read a book that has this big of an impact on my life I feel compelled to share it with you. This book is a must read.
I devoured it on my first reading and one of the highest compliments I can give it is that I did not highlight a single word. The reason is that I would have highlighted the entire book. But notice I said my first reading because this is a book I will read many times and I’m sure on subsequent readings I will be underling passages.
Written in a warm and inviting style it is like reading a gentle and compassionate letter from a friend. The chapters are compact but packed with relevant insights you will want to ponder on for days. I love the way each chapter ends with a prayer and a suggested action.
Based on the appealing format of this book it is perfect to read at your own pace or devour it quickly.
I wanted to share my favorite quote from the book with you but couldn’t settle on just one so here are just a few:
“When the answers aren’t clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction. The problem is we are often looking for direction in all the wrong places. Often the clues to our next decision remain within us, unheard and undiscovered.”
“The decision is rarely the point. The point is you becoming more fully yourself in the presence of God.”
“Fear works both ways, keeping you from doing things you might want to do and convincing you that you have to do things you don’t want to do… [next time you have to make a decision, ask yourself] Am I being led by love or pushed by fear?”
“There’s a reason God invites us to be still first: the stillness makes way for the knowing.”
“When I am constantly in motion, my body rehearses anxiety rather than practicing the unforced rhythms of grace.”
So you may wonder how my situation has changed after reading The Next Right Thing. Truth be told I don’t have a lot of answers yet but what I do have is peace. Peace that He will lead me to the next right thing one grace step at a time. I’ll share my journey on this next chapter in depth in a future post.
Let’s face it adulting can be hard. But I believe this book is a gift from God to help guide me on the journey. And I believe it can do the same for you.
What decisions are you facing? Is it the dozens of daily mundane decisions or a major life transforming decision? Whatever the answer may I be so bold as to suggest that the next right thing for you is to read The Next Right Thing (affiliate link).