Invalid Move

INVALID MOVE

KELLIE TIPTON

I get so tired of all the decisions sometimes, don’t you?  The simplest question can sometimes (in my mind) throw me over the “line” for the day.  I get tired and sometimes I just want things to just fall into place.  Okay so that is not reality, but that is what I want in that very weak moment.  I don’t express this openly to my family, just in a blog to you!

Thinking on why I get so tired of making decisions, I recognize that many times I worry about making the wrong one. 

Now a decision on what to eat for dinner will not throw me over the edge, but after a long day a question on what is for dinner just might.  (Just kidding, but not really) 

In all seriousness though, as I observed my husband play this game one day, I noticed that when you tried to make a move that was outside the games rules, it would state “Invalid Move”.  I started thinking about how sometimes it would be really nice to have something tell me that a decision I was about to make is an incorrect move, try again!  Wouldn’t that be nice?  I know I have a few decisions that I would have liked to hear that…or maybe I did and didn’t listen.

God created us and gave us the gift of choice.  It is with that freedom to choose that we get to make decisions.  We get to decide who we will listen to and what we will listen to.  What we will watch and what we will read and most importantly we can choose to follow Him.

The reality is that we are never alone as we make decisions!  God gave us His Word to read about many people we can learn from who have gone before us and He is with us right now. 

As a child I memorized Psalm 23 and it will come into my mind on many days and brings me comfort.  It is a metaphor of God’s care and His goodness. 

When I am at my weakest (and pitiful) moments, I am reminded that my strength does not come from me anyway, it comes from the Lord. 

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord