When confronted with making a decision between two options, what determines which one we choose?

I’ve found that often whenever we’re looking to improve ourselves, improve our lives, the compass that we live by is comfort. What will make my life easier? How can I make more money, lighten my workload, eliminate all the unnecessary fluff in my life to make more time for the things that really matter?

Though, this leads to me question… how are we so certain that this is the right path? Is greater comfort always good? It definitely feels good.

Some of the hardest things I’ve ever been through in my life, ever accomplished in my life, are my crowning moments as a human being. I pushed through the difficulties, fought through the fog of uncertainty, and emerged, battle-scarred, but with the gold.

I had a grander perspective. But that’s only because I could see the end goal. It was just out of reach, but I knew I could get there.

Perhaps our constant seeking for comfort and fulfillment, is not only a natural reaction to the difficulties of life, but a reflection of our incomplete, short-term perspective. Because we’re unable to see the fruits of certain difficulties in our lives, we deem them to be unworthy of pursuit.

How arrogant of us. It seems it’s easier to trust God when he lets us in on some of his plan, but when it’s kept hidden, it’s time to rely on our faculties to determine what’s good for us.

How do we trust God in uncertainty, difficulty, and strife? How do strike the right balance between taking Godly action to correct and realign our lives, versus taking a step back and letting God work?

I wish there was a simple answer, but it always seems to boil down to the same answer. Wisdom. We just need more wisdom.

April 9, 2020

Josh Swanson