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Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Administration Officer CAO, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rockford, IL
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Counseling Program Manager, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Custodian, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Development Director, Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Director-San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Donor Services Representatives, Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Executive Director, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, Toledo, OH
Family Recovery Program Director, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Food Service Support, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Guest Services Manager, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Infant /Toddler Lead Supervisor, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Lead Recovery Coach, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Maintenance, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Manager of Donor Relations, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Men's Shelter Support Staff, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI
Mental Health Counselor, The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Operations Manager, Central Union Mission, Washington, DC
Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
PRN Residential Care Mentor, Shelter KC, Kansas City, MO
Program Advisor, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Program Director: Justin's Place Women, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Resource Advocate, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Safety Coordinator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Safety Team Member, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Short-Term Living Coordinator Men's Ministry, Lebanon Rescue Mission, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
VP of Recovery Programs, St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Women's New Life Growth Manager, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Women's Program Director, New Life Mission, Melbourne, FL
Your word is a lamp that gives light wherever I walk.
Obviously, the Bible provides clear guidance for making certain choices that have moral or ethical implications, but I’m talking about more individual decisions that can have far-reaching influences on our futures. Once we have determined that neither option causes us to deviate from scripture, how do we know which way God wants us to go?
Several of my recent exchanges with the Lord have wrestled with this question, and I believe He’s teaching me something new: sometimes there’s not a right or wrong choice. In other words, He wants me to make an informed, well-thought out decision after carefully considering the ramifications of both opportunities and understanding what it would look like to walk out my responsibilities in each scenario.
For example, when I made the decision to raise my kids in Colorado rather than North Carolina—He didn’t require me to choose a specific location in order to remain in His will. I just needed to think through the implications of each option and determine whether I was willing to deal with things like living on the East Coast when their father lived on the West Coast, or coping with humidity versus winter conditions, or how each environment might influence my children, or what kind of Christian communities I could join. But neither decision would have been wrong.
God does not play games with His followers or try to trip us up. When we stay in tune with His voice and pay attention to scripture and wise counsel, He allows us to make choices without fear of losing His backing.
Be careful to preserve the fact God is extending a choice, not forcing us into what He wants out of control and manipulation.
Written by Alice Gifford, Citygate Network
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