Use wisdom to choose the next right thing.
My really fabulous friend (who I get to see in just FOUR DAYS!!!) talks a lot about simply doing "the next right thing" when life is hard, when there are decisions to be made, when change is inevitable.
But sometimes it's hard to even know what that ambiguous "next right thing" even is.
Not too long ago, this friend and I had a lovely phone conversation (ie, me spilling my guts and her being chock-full of gracious love) in which she asked me what the next right step was for me to take in my life.
I begrudgingly gave her the answer that I most definitely did NOT want to give. She replied, "Nichole, then that's what you do. That is your next right thing. You accept that decision, you stand by it, and you commit yourself to living that out."
So, you know what? I went ahead and did the thing that was right for that moment.
Doing the "next right thing" may not be the easy thing. It may not be the thing you really want to do. It probably won't result in immediate satisfaction. Doing the next right thing? It involves using wisdom. It involves doing good.
However, using wisdom isn't just about being good or choosing the good: it involves continually choosing what is good and resisting what is evil. "To be wise is not only to know good and evil but to be able to choose good and resist evil."
Doing the next right thing first involves preparing ahead of time for those upcoming decisions. The Apostle Paul reminds us of this:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8 KJV
It was hard, crazy hard, doing the "next right thing." I didn't want to do it. AT ALL.
But doing that thing gave me the strength to do what came next, and then what came after that, and then an even bigger decision a few weeks later. All because of the wisdom, goodness, virtue, and honesty that came out of doing the "next right thing."
Are you in the middle of choosing what your next right thing is? Before you make the decision, first think on things that are full of truth, honesty, justice, purity, and love. Don't overthink what could/should/would be's or allow your mind to go down the rocky road of what-if's or what-might-change. Do what is right today, at this moment, and then what's right for tomorrow, and then the following week.
Use wisdom to choose what is good. Use wisdom to choose the next right thing and then commit to it.