Deciding on Your Decisions

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The next time you're faced with a high-impact decision, consider these helpful suggestions from Robert Noland.

Decisions are usually tricky events in our lives. Essentially, they mental and spiritual crossroads that require us to choose a direction. Now, I’m not talking about a decision to go to Burger King or to Wendy’s. Or to this movie or that movie. Or, chocolate or vanilla. I’m talking about the decisions that will impact our lives and our future, as well as the lives and futures of those around us.

There are most definitely low and high impact decisions. Low impact decisions are important, as well as somewhat painful to deal with if things don’t go well; nonetheless, they are easily recovered from if failure occurs. For example, “I cannot believe I paid $XXX for that thing. I should have done more research and checked other prices first. I should have waited. Oh well, it’s done and I need to get over it.”

Then there are the high impact decisions. This decision, if made poorly, will cost me money . . . maybe years of savings . . . time . . . years of wasted effort . . . energy . . . that can never be made back. And it will hurt people . . .people I do not want to hurt. . . . . But, if I make the right choice . . . well, to cut to the chase . . . blessings for everyone.

Those are tough crossroads. We honestly don’t like standing at those. Because we know the risk. We feel the pain. They take real work, real prayer, real sweat, real time and energy.

Here are a few thoughts for the next time you stand at the crossroads of a high impact decision:

1. Don’t ignore anything. That feeling in your gut. That voice in your head and heart. The people you trust who are speaking to you. Heighten your senses and listen. Consider all factors. No ignoring.

2. Lose your own will. Become as neutral as you can possibly become. When we sinners decide quickly that we badly want—or don’t want—something, we’ve usually already made the decision and it likely won’t be the best one.

3. Go ahead and spend a day pretending as though you've made the decision in one particular direction. Think like it. Act like it. Be like it. How does it feel? Stress or relief? Good or bad? The next day, flip to the other choice and see how that feels.

4. Get counsel from either an elder (godly, older man) or a group of peers that you know love you. I’m not talking about Job’s friends, but Garden friends, the ones who would stay awake and pray and fight for you.

5. Shut up and listen to God. A lot of listening. You likely have already made it very clear to Him what you need or want. Now, allow Him to speak to you. He’s your Father, so He wants to let you in on what He’s thinking for your life.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. —Matthew 6:6 MSG

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