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We only get one life to live and we don’t want to waste our time with foolish and costly mistakes. But this doesn’t mean we should stress out over every decision. When we’ve missed a turn in life, chances are good we can simply go up to the next intersection and turn around.

Of course, no one likes making a wrong turn when driving. But most roads are pretty forgiving, and if we miss our turn we can generally find somewhere to turn around. While it might take us longer, we can eventually get to where we want to go. And the same is true throughout life.

All too often we feel pressured to make all the right decisions the first time. To be sure, we want to be intentional and wise in the decisions we make as they save us from much unnecessary suffering. But we don’t have to let the weight and anxiety of making a decision take us out. The roads of life also tend to be pretty forgiving.

For instance, we might realize a job, an opportunity, or even our house is no longer helping us get to where we’re going. But we’re not stuck. We’re free to change course once we realize we’re headed in the wrong direction. Naturally, there are costs in these decisions. All the same, our life doesn’t have to be placed on hold due to previous decisions. We get to find the next appropriate intersection and turn around – constantly finding our way forward toward the life God has for us.

In the end, count the cost and take seriously the weighty decisions of life. But don’t let anxiety of making a wrong choice paralyze you. The roads of life are pretty forgiving with plenty of opportunities to turn around and get to where you need to be.

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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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