Does this ever happen to you?
I couldn’t decide what to eat for lunch. I was already hungry so I didn’t want to invest time in cooking. But nothing ready-made sounded good either. So I delayed.
And got hungrier. Maybe go get something? The drive didn’t seem worth it.
So I got even hungrier. And grouchier. Until I finally started eating junk food, whatever was in the pantry front and center.
Being paralyzed by uncertainty can be painful. In small cases, it’s no big deal. (I could have missed lunch altogether and really been fine.)
But with bigger things, it chokes out true living.
I like to know my facts before I make a decision. Consider the options. I’m an information junkie, which is not always helpful when information is infinite. There’s simply not enough time to read every interesting book or watch every tutorial or gather all the opinions.
So what to do?
I’m on a yearlong quest to “Welcome” life as God gives it.
For the month of May, I’m welcoming uncertainty. I’ve been pursuing it for awhile already.
It’s always good timing to make peace with uncertainty because there’s always uncertainty . . .
- in our country’s future,
- in our individual communities, churches, families,
- and even within ourselves—our emotions, our health, our beliefs.
But uncertainty isn’t all bad.
The Good Side of Uncertainty
Uncertainty opens up room for . . .
When we’re uncertain, we’re more teachable, more tolerant, and more adaptable.
In our uncertainty, we give God something to work with.
We learn to trust that he’ll keep teaching us and making things right as long as we’ll keep showing up and moving along with him, even when we’re unsure.
Brené Brown says in The Gifts of Imperfection that when we’re anxious about uncertainty, repeat the serenity prayer to ourselves:
With that wisdom, we can accept that we’ll never have all the answers. And that’s okay.
- Make decisions anyway.
- Take risks anyway.
- Do something anyway.
For lunch today I already know what I’ll be eating. I like the certainty. But for supper? It’s anybody’s guess.
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How do you handle uncertainty? Please share in the comments.
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