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Making decisions

In life, there are several times that we have to make decisions. Every day, we decide what to eat, what to wear and what to do. There are some decisions that are life-changing, like where to live, whom to marry and what career to pursue. It is important to make such decisions carefully.

What do we do when faced with such decisions?

Do the right thing: It sounds simple, but it isn’t always easy or popular. Remember when you do the right thing, you shouldn’t have to compromise on your character or values. When you have to do something wrong to get something right, it’s not the right decision and it could lead to negative consequences.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

If you don’t know what the right thing is, ask God to give you the wisdom to discern between right and wrong. If you still need help, ask God to guide you to the right resources and people.

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.
James 1:5 NIV

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV

Consider the consequences: Ask yourself this question: Will I be able to live with the consequences? Either way, take responsibility for your decision and the consequences.

Examine your motives: Do you have the right reasons?

Decide Commit Repeat
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The problem with indecision

The pressure to make the right decision can keep you in a state of indecision and prevent you from moving forward in life. At such times, we may be tempted to “just make any decision” without thinking. Such reckless actions can lead to negative repercussions.

Even when you have decided what to do, procrastination can keep you paralyzed.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4:17 NIV

Man facing two directions.

In such situations, examine whether there are any underlying fears and find out what is causing them. Sometimes there are fears that have been buried long ago and forgotten, but surface when we face certain situations. Only when we have self-awareness about our thoughts, priorities, values and desires, can we help ourselves.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the decision you need to make, remember that God is with you. He has promised to never leave or forsake us.


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