Has God ever prompted you to make a decision that others thought was strange?
In 1995, I had a significant career decision to make. As a new free agent with the NFL, I had to decide whether to stay with my team, the Arizona Cardinals, or move for a better chance at a Super Bowl victory.
Most people thought the choice was obvious: move. In their minds, the only real consideration was being on a winning team. For my wife, Tracy, and me, however, the choice involved much more than that, and the decision was far from obvious.
Life is all about choices. That is nothing new. Even not choosing is a choice. What if the decisions we make are actually less important than how we make them?
As a Christian, I had to put the answer in God’s hands. The way I saw it, the only real choice I had was to ask, “What does God want me to do?” and then act on the answer, trusting that it was the right one. Even if others thought otherwise.
As a competitive athlete, winning was important to me. But as someone trying to live a life that is fully submitted to the will of God, I understood the danger in focusing on criteria like winning or money. I was not just a player in the NFL – I was also a husband and father, and a member of a larger community. The ministry God had started through Tracy and me in Phoenix was as important to me as playing on a winning football team.
Ultimately, Tracy and I decided to stay. Re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals may have seemed like an odd choice at the time, but we knew it was the right one, and we have never regretted it. Playing on a struggling team helped me mature as a player, as a person and as a man of God. And God has blessed me by allowing me to make a difference in the lives of others. What a gift I have received in seeing men come to Jesus Christ and witnessing how He has changed their lives for the better.
When you are making life choices, what criteria do you use? Who or what influences your decisions?