C.S. Lewis noted that "If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles." Our society is hard on those who make mistakes. And, I'm not even talking about the egregious mistakes that people make when they are grossly negligent. I mean, as individuals we have difficulty forgiving, accepting, and trusting people when they've made honest mistakes. Mistakes that others of us could have made. Mistakes that others of us have made. Mistakes that others of us will make.
How can Lewis so boldly assert that God is pleased with our stumbles? And how can we relate that to our spiritual and natural worlds?
I guess Lewis makes a foundational assumption -- when we're stumbling, it means we're walking. We've taken a path. We're heading to some destination. We may have some difficulty along the way, but we're motivated enough to DO something.
I don't know about you, but I know a lot of people who just won't make a decision. I don't know if they are afraid to make the wrong decision or just lack motivation to do the work required when you make choices, but they just won't do it.
Unfortunately, I've seen many leaders in this predicament. What's really sad is that leaders are paid to make decisions. Small one. Large ones. Easy ones. Tough ones. Decisions are a part of every leader's day.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating making decisions in a rush. But, I am encouraging you to make some decisions. Because decisions get you started walking, and even if you stumble in the walk, at least you can be pleased by the fact that you're trying. Better to do something than nothing at all -- because even doing nothing is a decision, though typically the wrong one.
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Enjoy the debate! Becky