“Show me your ways Lord, teach me your paths.”

Psalm 25:4

Monday, 12 October 2020

Psalm 25:4-21

This plea of the psalmist is one which asks that God show us the path. This is especially important when we come to crossroads in our lives and are not certain which path we should take.

All of us encounter decisions. Sometimes these decisions are significant and will affect our lives from now on. Whether or not to marry a particular person; which career path to take; whether to live somewhere different; when to change jobs or to retire.

Some decisions have a major impact, not only in our own lives but on the lives of others as well. Decisions can impact other members of our families or the livelihoods of others. When we are in positions of influence, we are very often called upon to make decisions which will have significant ripple effects for many others in society. It is a critically important responsibility.

Given the impact that our decisions can have, it is essential that they are made well and that we intentionally listen for the decision God may be inviting us to make. Sometimes it is an obvious decision between right and wrong. Should I take a kickback and earn some additional money by doing something corrupt. Should I decline to do so, and even blow the whistle on the corruption. In such cases, our conscience should prompt us to decide what is morally right.

Often however we have to make decisions between two good things, the better of the two alternatives. Discernment for decision-making is a careful, reflective sifting of the different options trying to sense what God’s desires may be for us in a given situation. Am I called to be a doctor or a human rights lawyer? Both are good, but what is God’s desire for me and my life.


Gracious God,

When I am faced with a decision between a bad choice and a good one, give me the courage always to choose what is good. When I must choose between two good things, show me the path that leads to the greatest life.

Amen.

 
Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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