The COUN­SELOR

Activated - - NEWS - By Irena Žabičková IRENA ŽABIČKOVÁ IS A FULL-TIME VOL­UN­TEER FOR PER UN MONDO MIGLIORE2 IN CROA­TIA AND ITALY.

I’m a per­fec­tion­ist. I like to do things well and thor­oughly, no mat­ter how much time it takes. In my de­ci­sion-mak­ing, I’ve come to rec­og­nize that my main mo­ti­va­tion is avoid­ing mak­ing mis­takes. I try to make sure that my work and per­sonal de­ci­sions are as right as they can pos­si­bly be.

Oh, the agony and stress of the whole process! Al­most any de­ci­sion had to be per­fect—from what sham­poo to buy to which seat to choose on a bus. Ev­ery­thing had to be well thought through, all op­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties con­sid­ered. I didn’t re­al­ize how much stress I was bring­ing into my life!

When I came to know Je­sus and be­gan in­volv­ing Him in my life, I found that things could be much eas­ier and that He could help me in my de­ci­sion-mak­ing—af­ter all, who knows bet­ter than the all-know­ing One? So I be­gan ask­ing for His guid­ance. Some­times He would give me spe­cific guid­ance. Other times He didn’t in­di­cate a clear course of ac­tion, leav­ing it in my court to search His Word and make godly de­ci­sions based on its pre­cepts.

How­ever, the best and most re­as­sur­ing con­se­quence of in­volv­ing God is that He loves me so much that even if I make a wrong choice, He con­tin­ues to work with me and my de­ci­sions. He doesn’t hold it against me when I make a mis­take or let self­ish­ness or fear guide my choices. He takes me where I’m at and helps me to grow into mak­ing bet­ter choices.

I am still a per­fec­tion­ist to some ex­tent, even af­ter so many years of walk­ing with Je­sus, but find­ing Him has made my life so much eas­ier and hap­pier. Hav­ing Him to coun­sel with and count on has helped to take the stress out of my de­ci­sion-mak­ing, be­cause I know that al­though I may make mis­takes, He can work even those for my good. 1

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