I get hung up a lot on 'doing the right thing'. Not that it is wrong or bad to do the right thing. But when it becomes a struggle for perfectionism it can be paralyzing. We get worried about taking the wrong path or doing the wrong thing or not doing it exactly right so we don't do anything at all.
There's a proverb that directs us 'do not turn to the right nor to the left' (Proverbs 4:27). Often we get focused on that piece and are worried that we won't choose the right thing -- worried we'll turn to the left and pick the wrong job; turn to the right and pick the wrong school, the wrong home, the wrong partner. We get worried we won't pick the right thing and fall out of God's will. We get worried we'll hop on the wrong path of choice and screw everything up.
I think we over complicate this directive. We miss the second half of this proverb that clues us in to the real meaning.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
The Bible isn't warning us to not pick the wrong job, the wrong church, the wrong spouse; it's actually guiding us to follow God's word - to choose God's way over evil. When we do that, we will automatically be in God's will for our life. We merely have to stay focused on Him, not choosing evil on the left or evil on the right, and everything will work out as it should.
Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze
be fixed straight in front of you. Proverbs 4:25
Read the Word. Do your best to follow the straight path and you will fall gracefully into the plan for your life.
More study on 'left nor right':
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