Nobody lives in a silo

Posted by Matt Lane on August 17th, 2010 filed in Christian Living, god

Every day there are things to choose, decisions to make, junk to wade through. Hundreds of things all the time. Work things, personal things, family things.

I admit it, I’m a small control freak and like to be in the know.

Unfortunately, life is just not that simple. The reality is that I am in control of little and manage just a few things.

So  what do you do when you did not choose, did not decide nor want to wade through junk? It seems a fact of life that some things you choose and some things others choose for you. It’s a rare person that lives in such a silo that the things that they decide don’t impact anyone else. Especially if it is a child, parent, or friend choosing for you.

What I mean by choosing for you is that when they make major life decisions that are  stupid, irresponsible, sinful or hurtful and you out of love or obligation cannot just sit on the sidelines. When what they have chosen has a direct impact on your life. When what they have decided to do forces you to live in their wake of brokenness and forces you to make very hard decisions yourself. Hmm, wait a minute, I think I have done this to people.

Paul Tripp says, “God will take you where you do not want to go in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own.”

I totally agree with that statement but where God wants us to go is often excruciating. Ever been in this spot?


3 Responses to “Nobody lives in a silo”

  1. Jeff Says:

    I’m not sure how, when, or why, but I’ve been appointed my family’s peacemaker, so yes, I’ve been here. It’s a lot of fun…

  2. Jeff Says:

    this comment is so I can be notified of follow–up comments, since I forgot to select that.

  3. Matt Lane Says:

    Blessed are the peacemakers right? Tough job for sure.

    God is taking me on a journey I have prayed against and so now in the middle of it, I am praying for him to make his name great. Because if all of it is for me, it’s not worth it.

    I like this passage a lot: It’s in no way a promise to me but I paraphrase/mod it and pray it constantly.

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