Life is about choices. The first choice in my life that affected the rest of the choices in my life was a question that I asked God in a hot building in Lakeside, Ohio. Jesus, will you come into my heart? He did that day, but I feel He had always been beside me, just waiting for me to ask. 

Each day we have choices. A choice of what to wear, a choice of what to eat, a choice to go to work…the list goes on and on. Throughout the last few years, I have made a choice to be a mom, a choice to be a wife, a choice to take care of my patients, and a choice to always try to listen to the voice that whispers (or sometimes screams) at me that I know is God. 

In the movie Frozen 2, (I know, I know…I’m a mom of a 10 year old daughter) Anna sings a song that says she is going to choose to do the next right thing. Her song speaks of anguish and heartbreak, of darkness and confusion…and honestly, there are often times right now that I could sing that song right along with her. But her message – to do the next right thing – resonates with me. This is what God asks me to do every day – to do the next right thing. 

Micah 6:8 says “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” 

The Lord requires of me to love God and do the next right thing. I don’t have all the answers, I can’t tell you in the end what God will say about the life I have lived. But I know that God will tell me that I chose to follow Him and love Him and love mercy. 

James 2:12-13 says “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement.”

As I have learned and keep learning in my journey to “Lead with Love”, I know that while I may screw up, it is still my job to do the next right thing for my God. I know that God will show mercy and love to me and it is my next right thing that I show mercy and love to others.

Devotion by Katie Washburn, Kappa Phi National President