All outcomes are equally good

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Be curious instead of certain.  Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.  – C. S. Lewis

Frequently when out wandering in the mountains enjoying the beauty of the wilderness, my friend Tom and I will stop along the way to discuss which way we should proceed.  We rarely follow a trail and thus we have to pick our path amongst the rocks, trees, streams, and brush.  We take the path that seems most interesting, primarily out of curiosity.  When we set out, we are never certain of what outcome a particular route will bring.  This is bush-wacking at its finest!

We easily come to agreement at these decision points, then afterwards I will inevitably state:

 “IT IS ALL GOOD!” 

When we hike, we are immersed in our objective – to be outside, walking, breathing, and enjoying.  Thus, any direction we take at these decisions points will have a good outcome.  It is beautiful and interesting for 360°.

Our decisions are easy since we know that no matter which path we chose, we will end up in a good situation.  All outcomes are equally good.

Likewise, this is how I should live my life as a Christian – assured that every turn I take, every decision I make, the result will be a favorable outcome, eventually.  My destiny is sealed.  My inheritance is imperishable.  My ultimate outcome is the salvation of my soul is firmly fixed.  Thus, every step I take here on earth eventually leads to that assured outcome.

Now this doesn’t mean my life here on earth will proceed without challenges, struggles, and set-backs.  I have had my share.

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 1:6-7

Yes, I will have trials and challenges here on earth.

Trials will test my resolve and faith.

Trials will compel me to make decisions and respond.

Trials will cause me to search the Scriptures to look for answers, understanding, and guidance.

Trials will compel me to pray – to pour out my heart and soul to the Father.

Trials will compel me to listen – to listen to the soft voice of the Father, and the advice of trusted friends.

Trials will compel me to seek the companionship of my friends, who will walk alongside me and help share my burdens, and in so doing strengthen their own faith.

The results of trials, which may result from making a “bad” decision (on my own part or someone else’s decision), result in good things: more faith, more prayer, more of God’s Word, more listening, more companionship, etc.

All these things are GOOD OUTCOMES.

Trials and challenges are a normal part of our human existence.  Some people have more difficult challenges – trials and difficulties are not distributed equitably.  However, we all have the same resources to turn to in our struggles.

I will no longer run from a difficult decision in fear of bad outcome.  I will no longer be indecisive, since I know the ultimate outcome is always good.

I am confident that He who began a good work in my life will continue it until the end, without fail (Philippians 1:6).

I can rejoice now because I already know the outcome of my life.

This is the essence of the truth that the Apostle Paul provided in his letter to the Roman Church.

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

How about you?  Would you be more decisive in moving forward if you knew that all the outcomes will result in good?

Blessings to you and your family throughout 2015.  Please drop me an email if you would like to suggest any topics for me to cover during the year or if you would like to submit a guest post.

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