“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”
~Flora Whittemore, author
Open doors and closed doors.
Sometimes I’ve had no choice in the matter — a door has been slammed in my face with the finality of, well, the slap of a hand across my face.
Sometimes I’ve chosen to shut a door. While that open door may have been right for a season of my life, it’s now time to grasp the handle and push it closed. Not all relationships are forever and sometimes I am the one who acknowledged that.
Prayerfully opening a door (saying yes to something) doesn’t guarantee success.
And prayerfully closing a door (saying no to something) doesn’t guarantee you’ll never be disappointed. Or heartbroken. Or hurt.
Here’s what I’ve learned through the open-shut-them-open-shut-them rhythm of life’s doors: I’ve been given the inestimable freedom of choice. When I make a choice it’s not just me-myself-and-I that is affected. And sometimes I don’t realize that truth until years and years later.
And here’s another thing I’ve learned: Shutting a door takes just as much courage as opening a door.
In Your Words: If you had the choice, would you open a door or shut a door? Why?