Decision-Making Barriers

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Ron Blue asks us to consider how God made us and how this affects the way we make decisions.

God made us all uniquely.  Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Psalms.  In it, David says that God made me in the secret place and ordained my days before I was born.  I am an “art,” and I am a “science.”  He engineered me, and He also formed me.  God put within each of us a combination of personality, experience, talent, and drive that causes us to approach decisions differently from those around us.

For example, my wife, Judy, can make 15 decisions to my one.  She reads a situation, understands what’s at play, weighs the alternatives and makes a decision…all while I am still reading up on the first factor at play in the first decision at hand.  She makes my head spin. 

Judy and I laughed when we found out that there is even a test you can take (called the Kolbe A Index) which will analyze whether you are a “fact-finder,” a “quick-start,” an “implementer,” or a “follow-through” when you make decisions.  She is all quick-start and I am all fact-finder.  No surprises there!

You probably know how you make decisions.  You probably know how your spouse or children make decisions.  You probably know what conflict or synergy arises when you try to make decisions in tandem with those other people.

I want to encourage you to think about the art of decision-making.  Today’s topic is about barriers, each of which arises from our natural, God-given tendencies and bents.  Take the time this week to consider how God made you and how He equipped you in the decision-making arena.  In doing so, come before Him in prayer and quiet time and ask Him to reveal to you the beauty and the brokenness of your own particular style.  Ask Him to help to soften the hard places in your close relationships that have come from competing decision-making styles.  Perhaps even have a conversation with those other people during which you discuss how your styles complement or create conflict when you try to make decisions together. 

God made us uniquely.  He also put us into relationships and into situations where decisions would have to be made.  He did all of these things to grow us and mold us and shape us into His image, not to frustrate us or to send us into decision-making stalemates!  I pray that you are encouraged today to be who God made you to be and to appreciate who God made others to be, as well!

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