How do you decide? Every decision I make is a choice. Every choice I make is a decision. We decide so often, and we make choices so frequently that many times we may not even realize the impact of what we are doing. It is one thing to decide what to wear today. It is quite another to contemplate a new relationship, career path or major purchase. I ask myself these questions when facing major decisions:
1. Is this in keeping with Scripture? Is it right, true, honest and Christ-honoring? If it does not line up with what I already know about God’s will, I am guaranteed a disaster.
2. Is this the right time to do this? Timing can make all of the difference in a successful decision. If I have to have or do something “right now,” I may be responding to unhealthy pressures or influences.
3. What will be different after I make this decision? This forces me to look at the consequences. How will things look in two weeks, six months or five years from now?
4. What is the true cost? This question is not just about money. What sacrifices will be made? Who will be affected? What, or who, will be changed?
5. Are there alternative options that I should be pursing? Sometimes the first choice presented is taken to be the only choice. It is never the only choice.
Also, I follow these three principles for my decision-making:
1. Pray for direction and expect to discover the answer.
2. If there is an uncomfortable doubt, don’t. Until there is a peace of mind and a settled heart, it is best to wait, or move on to another issue.
3. Because I have a right to do something, does not mean it is the right thing to do. This goes for any of the factors involved. Just because I have the money…or time…desire, does not mean it is always the right thing to do.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. You decide. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.