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crossroads of uncertainty

Posted: October 1, 2008 in Uncertainty

I just finished reading a couple of chapters on the subject of uncertainty in a book I am currently reading. An interesting fact is that everyone at any given time will face uncertainty before they die. There is a particular bone chilling, heart stopping, mind boggling paralysis that overcomes us when we stand face-to-face with uncertainty. Our natural tendency is to always know what is up ahead and around the corner so we can plan accordingly. We always want or try to be in control of our lives, our dreams, and our futures, but yet feel out of control when our plans don’t happen the way we expected. We fight for the remote control of our futures. Question—Has any of the plans you made for yourself unfolded perfectly for you or have you traveled down roads you didn’t even know existed? The thing is, you now stand at a crossroads that will take you in multiple directions and you haven’t a clue as to which way to go. It could also be that you have come to the end of the road and you feel like turning around, but God is calling you to blaze a new trail and you are gripped with uncertainty. Andy Stanley writes,

“Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been. There aren’t any photographs—we are left with word pictures, metaphors, and illustrations. There are no maps to guide us—we are left to cut a trail. Yet as we move forward into the uncertainty before us, we sense the need to turn occasionally and assure those who follow.”

Whatever decision you are presently facing while at the crossroads of uncertainty, remember this; your goal should not be to eliminate uncertainty. Instead, you must develop the art of being clear in the face of uncertainty. Don’t be afraid of saying, “I don’t know.” Until you know, wake up each morning and report for duty and ask the Commander and Chief for your orders, because He knows the plans He has for you.

“Every success is usually an admission ticket to a new set of decisions.” ~ Henry Kissinger

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