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It’s easy to go with the flow and just see what happens. And there are many times in which it’s wise to approach life with such ease. At the same time, many decisions in life benefit from our conscious choices.

Perhaps it’s good to go with the flow when on vacation or simply hanging out with family and friends. Detailing every decision likely adds unnecessary stress.

And certainly there’s wisdom in yielding to the moment when the unexpected of life happens.

All the same, it’s still good when these decisions are intentional – a conscious choice to yield, to flow, to see what happens.

And this remains even more so as we navigate the major crossroads of life.

Jobs and marriage, friendship and parenting, sex and our spiritual life all work better when we make conscious choices concerning our participation.

Passively waiting around for others to make decisions for us or for our circumstances to finally force us onto one path or another is a neglect of our responsibilities.

To be sure, there’s a time to actively wait as we gain more information and make informed decisions on our path forward.

But again, even here, it’s a conscious choice to wait.

Whether we take the job, decide to pursue a relationship, or turn right or left often matter less than our deliberate and faithful choice in deciding.

And such a conscious choice means we must also own our choices. We can no longer simply blame others or hide behind our circumstances as we realize the high cost of our decisions.

It’s risky and vulnerable, but faithful maturity calls for many deliberate and conscious choices on our path forward.

Don’t simply drift through life. Make conscious choices and live faithfully with the freedom and responsibility you’ve been given.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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