We all have lots of decisions we make in life – some that are daily and relatively simple and some larger, more potentially life-changing ones. Do you feel like you stand at a crossroads when making major decisions? What are some of the steps to take to be sure your decision is a wise one?
- Ask God. Pray, and check to see if the Bible has anything specific to say about choices you have. “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you” – James 1:5.
- Ask questions. Do you have all the facts to make a wise choice?
- Be objective. Don’t let your feelings/emotions rule.
- Don’t let fear drive your decision. Breathe and take your time (Proverbs 21:5).
- Honestly assess your motives. Give others permission to speak into your life (Proverbs 16:2).
- Learn from past mistakes. Don’t let old patterns of thinking or behavior be triggers.
- Seek the counsel of others who are wise. Ask yourself, “Who can help me better understand/clarify my options” (Proverbs 11:14).
- What is the impact? Ask how the choice will effect your integrity (Proverbs 22:1). How will it honor God? What are the outcomes of this choice in 10 minutes, 10 days, 10 months or the next 10 years?
- When you have worked through the steps, go ahead and choose, remembering to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” -Proverbs 3:5-6. – Judi Brandow, Communications Specialist