Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
by Janet Stobie
Decisions are a part of living. We teach little children to practice the art of decision-making by offering them choices they can handle.
What shirt would you like to wear?
Do you want broccoli or carrots for dinner?
The older we get the more serious our decisions become.
Will I do my homework?
Will we have children?
Is it time to move?
Life changing decisions can be paralyzing for me. My decision-making track record is far from perfect. Yes, I’ve made some great choices in my life time – like answering God’s call to ordained ministry, having my three wonderful children, and choosing Tom as my life partner. I’ve also made enough poor choices – learning to smoke, taking dad’s car down onto Sauble beach when it was forbidden, teenage marriage, to name only a few. That’s why I want desperately to follow God’s will when I am making life choices.
But how do I know what is God’s will? The following are my steps.
- talk with professionals in the field.
- draw from my own experience.
- consult friends and my spiritual leader (pastor)
- write down all the pros and cons I can find for both sides of a decision.
- light a candle, Play quiet music, Tell God my dilemma.
- read relevant scriptures (given me by my pastor).
- listen in silence for God’s Word.
3. Make the decision and trust.
TRUST THAT GOD CAN USE YOUR CHOICE OR MINE, WHATEVER IT IS, TO BRING GOOD FOR YOU AND OTHERS.
That’s the secret. I do my very best to make the wisest decision possible and then I trust in God’s power and love.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)