“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8.
If you had the chance, what decisions would you make differently? Probably more than you could count. But as we all know, we can’t go back in time. So in the present, we stress over the decision-making process. An executive who routinely made big decisions was asked about those decisions. His response was surprising. He said it isn’t that he is afraid of making a wrong decision, but rather he is afraid of missing out on the right decision.
That fits nicely with most of us who make decisions. We don’t just want average or even good decisions, we want the right decisions. We don’t want the regret that comes from bad decisions. So we let the pressure build up until making a decision becomes stressful, even paralyzing.
It is paralyzing because as Christians we want to choose the “godliest” option. We’re also paralyzed because we think our decisions will define the rest of our lives. Everything you’re hoping to do depends on this one decision. Lastly, we’re paralyzed in our decision making because we’re waiting for a sign from God. As a result, we begin to overanalyze every choice, every circumstance, and ultimately every decision. What we need is a process with steps to put things through to help us make better decisions.
That process is found in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Add to that James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”
Fortunately for us, God is more than willing to provide guidance and direction. He is even interested in the small details. We need to remember that our perspective is limited, only seeing the here and now. It is wonderful to know that God can see the whole picture and will instruct us accordingly to live the life that He has planned for us.
Stop spending so much time worrying about your decisions. Stop asking everyone you know what you should do. Good counsel is great, but the best counsel comes from above. God is in control of all things, including decisions.
- Why is it so hard sometimes to make the right decisions?
- How might being a follower of Jesus make it easier to make good, wise choices?
- What is your best defense against making poor, unwise choices?