In a World Full of Options


We live in a world that is full of options. When we are faced with challenges there are many available solutions. And for most of us, when everything is going well we would probably all agree, that in the world we live in it seems that there are options for most any circumstance or situation that we may face. With the resources available today there is options you may never have thought possible. In most cases it’s just a matter of deciding which is the best option.

But for some reason when things are not going so well and we hit difficult times in our lives many of us are quick to come to the conclusion that there aren’t any options. I hear people say “divorce is the only option”. Or their excuse for making a wrong decision that caused their life to be a huge mess is “I didn’t have any other option”.  Why do we place such limits in our lives when things are not going according to plan? The reason is because we falsely believe that it’s up to us to fix everything that we’ve messed up. That things will only get better through our limited abilities. And when our own selfish choices are the reason for the mess, we feel incapable in our own strength to fix it because we already failed by allowing it to happen in the first place.

Whether it’s a marriage in crisis, children who are out of control or financial debt so deep that we cannot see a way out, we see no other option but giving up. People will say “I’m at the end of my rope, I can’t take it any more”. Many of these are people who believe in God. They know He exists and they believe that He is the creator of the universe and is capable of healing the sick and giving sight to the blind. But because they think it’s up to them to fix their situation, they don’t see our God, the God of miracles, as an option to bring a miracle to their situation. So they give up hope.

But when you are out of options, you’ve reached the end of your rope and you see that giving up is the only option left, then you are in a perfect place for God to step into your impossible situation and do the miraculous. When you think all hope is gone and you’ve exhausted all that you in your own power are capable of, then God is just waiting for you to say “God, I surrender! I can’t fix this!” It’s in that moment of surrender when you are willing to turn the situation over to Him that the doors can begin to open for your miracle to happen. The marriage that you thought never stoood a chance, the impossible financial situation, the hurt inside that you thought you would always have to live with or the addiction you can’t seem to overcome can begin to turn around. The key is surrender.

In a world seemingly filled with options, there really is only one foolproof option that works every time and that’s trusting God with every area of our lives. The best option will always be to surrender control to the One who has the world in His hands, including your world. He is more than able to make a miracle out of your mess. But in order for that to happen you must see God as an option in the first place then you have to be in a place where He is your only option. When those two things happen then nothing is impossible because with God all things are possible. Are you ready to surrender?

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  1. One of my resolutions for the New Year….giving complete control of my life to God. I recently read “Out of Control and Loving It” and this year will be one in which I am out of control…and when I find myself trying to get it back…surrendering it back to God as quick as I took it back. Thanks for the wonderful words this morning, Renee:) Love and miss you!

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  2. This is exactly what I needed to hear at this point in my life and my marriage. Thank you so so much for your words of encouragement. God uses you in a mighty way lady!! I miss you so much!! I’m ready to surrender because I realize that God is my ONLY OPTION!

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    • I’m so glad it encouraged you and I really miss you and your family! I think of you guys often. No matter what you’re going through you guys can make it through, not because you’ve got all the answers or you’re strong enough to but because Jesus is your Lord and Savior. He wants to bless you in ways you can’t imagine. And you have a very real enemy who wants to keep you from all God has in store for you. Remember who your battle is really with – then surrender it to God and let Him fight for you. You just keep focusing on your relationship with Jesus and He’ll take care of your relationship with your hubby 🙂 Thank you for encouraging me! Love you guys!!

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