We make countless decisions each day, each coming with its own cost. And this makes us vulnerable often without realizing it. We don’t know the future and so each new choice comes with uncertainty, risk, and the possibility of being hurt.
Of course, we do our due diligence to make informed decisions – learning from others and our own past experiences.
And this can give us much confidence in the decisions we make.
For instance, it’s wise to get a home inspection before buying a new house, and to have some premarital counseling before getting married.
But increased confidence in making these decisions doesn’t eliminate all risks. And in deciding to move forward we’re still opening ourselves to the possibility of many disappointments and heartaches.
We might still have major home repairs to deal with. And our marriage might still go through many dark days.
And this is true throughout our life and relationships.
Whether at work or with our kids, where we choose to live or how we decide to vote, our choices have consequences. And these unknown consequences make us vulnerable.
And it is only in accepting this vulnerability that we have the freedom to move forward in faith – boldly making decisive decisions to enter the unknown.
We stay stuck and impotent in the crossroads of life when we try to eliminate all risks.
By all means, take your time in making wise and informed decisions. And remember every choice comes with its own cost and vulnerability. Be bold and choose to live by faith anyway.