March 9



At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted.
Matthew 4:1-11


Wildernesses come into our lives in many forms and usually at unexpected times. We don’t seek them out but somehow we find ourselves there. They are barren and lonesome and they sap our strength. We become fragile and vulnerable and that seems to be the time when our character is tested. It is the moment of choice. We can give in but, if we can move forward, we choose the freedom to walk out of the wilderness into life.


A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Psalm 51


Reflect on the times of wilderness in your own life. Where did they lead you?

Suggested Reading

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry.
Matthew 4:1-11

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
Tony Robbins

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
Robert H. Schuller

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.

Someday I’ll be able to look back on today and be grateful for being strong. But today, I’m just trying to keep my strength up to make it to tomorrow.
Abhishek Tiwari

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
William James

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.
Thomas Merton

It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling