I needed one additional present for my list, well two actually. As I walked through yet another store, meandering through the aisles, I attention drifted. Why was I hesitating? What was the big deal? Was there a reason for my inability to act?
Christmas gifts can bring out the hesitation in all of us. We want to find the perfect gift for those we care about. Within our budgets, we want the best for our monies. Even the simple things get complicated.
As my quest continued, I began to think of the ways hesitations permeates my life. On many fronts, I find myself lingering in yesterday’s shadow. It feels good because I know I survived yesterday. The future is filled with uncertainties and alternatives. Picking one with confidence is risky. Knowing which way to go is rarely based totally on facts.
As the aisles began to blend into each other, I realized that I was not going to find what I was looking for if I continued on the path I was on. There had to be something different! A stranger gave advice to a Wisdom Father centuries ago. The premise of his advice pushed me in a difference direction. His words then were, “So what are you waiting for? Get up and get yourself baptized, scrubbed clean of those sins and personally acquainted with God.” (Acts 22.16)
I took his advice in the following way.
Hesitation is not the answer to life questions. Intentional choices are. The choice may be to do nothing. Making the choice is the first step.
Put yourself in a position to take the next step. In my present quest, wandering was not going to get me to the right destination. I needed to go to a place with options that were in my range.
Go for your ideal. Start there. I realized that I had ideas that could not be found where I was looking. A fresh approach yielded two good choices!
There is sense of satisfaction. I am set, until the next time I need to make a decision.