I’ve been stuck on a line I heard in the movie ‘Green Zone’ for the past week.
‘If you want easy answers, you can leave. All we have here are hard decisions.’
My heart can’t get past that. There are times when I want someone to tell me what to do in impossible situations. I often want a black and white, this-is-right-and-this-is-wrong manual to my life. I’ve often wished I could look up in the index of the book ‘Easy Answers’ what choice I should make in hard situations. Hard decisions can weigh me down and sometimes, I even allow them to paralyze me.
It’s so easy to buy in to the lie that every situation has an easy answer. Or to buy in to the lie that easy is better simply because it’s easy. There are times when I want easy more than I want hard. There are times I want someone to hold my hand and allow me to bury my head in the sand of easy answers.
I seem to be faced with hard decisions at almost every turn. It’s almost as if I make one hard choice and another emerges. It’s not very restful. Choosing the hard never gets easier. Living a life that strives to reflect Christ is full of hard choices because of the countless counter-cultural stances we are called to take. Being Christ-like means making hard decisions with hard answers. Choosing to trust God; choosing to bring God my heart first; choosing to be open about my weaknesses in order to give God glory; choosing to swallow my pride- all hard decisions. I stumble. I fall short. I’m rebellious.
But, I look back and know that the greatest rewards have come from places of hard decisions. I want my life to be full and marked by His glory. Easy answers won’t always fall into that life. I want to build my character. I want to be known for keeping my GPS calculated to Him no matter the terrain.
As much as easy answers would be nice…I don’t want to be known for taking the easy way out. I want Someone to walk with me through my hard decisions.
So, I leave the book of ‘Easy Answers’ behind, grasp my Father’s hand, and turn towards Hard Decisions.