OVER THE YEARS I have been impressed by how differently people respond to the phrase “the will of God.” Some see it as wonderfully freeing, while others regard it as rigid, heavy, or even fear-inspiring. And I have been equally struck by how I can flip back and forth between these two modes of perceiving God’s will. At my most anxious, I conceive of God’s will as tightly and precisely fixed. I must sniff it out in every detail. Even when I think I have done so, a cloud darkens my mind. Am I really doing the right thing here? At my most free, though, I move forward with confidence about God’s intention for my life. I still care deeply about the steps I take, both large and small, but I take them with the sense that as long as I am moving in the direction of God’s love, I am living faithfully and joyfully as I truly wish to.
—Marjorie J. Thompson and Stephen V. Doughty
The Way of Discernment Participant’s Book
Companions in Christ Series
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—Colossians 1:9-10 (NRSV)
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