by Jason Cruise
There is a verse that continually provides me with real-time course correction. Proverbs 16:2 states, "All of a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord."
While it's true that I'm forever gravitating my thoughts to the motive aspect of this verse, motive is just a mirror reflection of the first segment of this Scripture.
All of a man's ways ... that brings to center stage our incredible, almost superhero-like ability to justify absolutely anything. Think about it. Time and time again, when you are faced with a decision, it is not overtly simple to justify a decision that elevates your preferred position in the outcome?
It's human nature to want to be the winner, every time. In the end, what guides your process must be an all out rejection of self-justification. If you want to honor God with your decisions, you must surrender your will and pray yourself into a place where your heart wants no dream in it that isn't born in the heart of God.