Topic : How to believe
Perhaps some practical advice on how to make decisions will help you get started
Make a list of your options. How many different ways can you go? If you want to change jobs, for example, what would your options be? Do you want to change careers or get another job within the field you are experienced in?
You may simply want to decide what to do today. You have the day free, so what are your options? You can finish a project that you started and did not complete, or you can go shopping and to lunch with a friend, or you can visit your elderly parents you
have not seen in way too long, or you could lie on the couch and watch television all day.
What is the best thing to do?
Truthfully, you are the only one who can decide. You might have more fun shopping and eating, but you might have more long-term peace if you finish your project. And, if you’re wise with your time, you can probably work in the visit to your parents with either one of the other options. Lying on the couch all day probably isn’t a good option because you will end up tired and feeling as if you wasted your day.
If you want to buy something, you can buy it and have the thing, or not buy it and have your money. Which of the two options will best suit you in the long run? Asking ourselves some questions about options is often a huge help in making decisions.
After all, how can we make really good decisions if we don’t even know what our choices are?
Weigh the possible outcome. For every option there is a possible outcome, and we can label it positive or negative.
Dave and I are in the process of making a decision right now, and just this morning I told him I have a list of the positives and
the negatives, and the positives do outweigh the negatives.
Realizing that helped us make our decision.
It is always unwise to make decisions without taking time to consider what the possible outcome of that decision may be.
If you are trying to decide whether to make a commitment of your time and energy to anything, especially if it is something
that is a long-term commitment, think everything through completely.
How much of your time will this take?
Do you honestly have the time to give to it without overloading your schedule?
If you are going to commit, do you need to eliminate something else from your schedule first? How will this commitment affect your family?
Are you saying yes to something that someone else wants you to do, but honestly you would rather not do it?
If you make the commitment will you find yourself complaining about having to do it?
Always think about the outcome of
every decision, or you will regret many of the decisions that you make.
The writer of Proverbs, the book of wisdom, teaches us to acknowledge God in all of our ways.
We should ask God to lead us at the start of trying to make any decision, but we should also look to Him once we feel we do know what we should do, just to make sure He is in agreement.
Do you have peace? Is it wise? Are your motives for doing it right?
Wait on God for a little while to give Him an opportunity to let you know if there is anything that you are not considering. We should never make our plans and then pray for God to bless them. We should pray before any planning takes place. If the true desire of your heart is to follow God in all things, He will let you know one way or another if you are doing the right thing.