So Many Decisions to Make
How many decisions have you already made today?
Some experts say we make 35,000 decisions every day.
For most of them, we breeze through without even thinking.
But occasionally one choice will paralyze us. We want to pick the God-honoring decision. If we only knew what that was.
We’re stuck. What to do next?
5 Ways to Improve Your Decisions
Here are five truths from scripture to help us make better choices.
1. Tune out distractions to tune in to God
But [Jesus] would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
The world shouts at us all day. The internet, texts, Facebook, music, podcasts—they can all drown out God’s voice.
So first, turn down the volume. Get quiet.
Then revamp your hearing by listening to God for spiritual principles that apply to your dilemma (Romans 12:2). Use reference tools to study Bible verses in full context. Look for God’s character in the stories you read and see how you can best mirror his character through your choices.
2. Seek godly advice from others
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
After listening to the Word for yourself, listen to godly people around you. Who has God placed in your life you can consult? Have any of your spiritual friends already walked this path? Is there a mature believer in your family who can advise you?
Seek help also from experts you’ve yet to meet—maybe in person, maybe in print—who can give you additional information.
Look for similar threads in the advice they give. You may have initially overlooked something that they can point out. Be open.
3. Narrow down your choices
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
Do certain choices appeal more to you than to God? Cross out options that are least compatible with your goals. Then circle the options that could bring God the most glory.
Hone in on who you want to be after the decision is made. Use that image of “future you” to help purify your motives in the present.
If certain choices are time-contingent, and the pace seems wrong and out of God’s timing—either too rushed or too prolonged—discard those options as well. While waiting on the Lord may be difficult (Psalm 27:14), he can build up your strength during the wait (Isaiah 40:31). God’s outcomes are worth waiting for.
4. Do something
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
On the other hand, if you’re only waiting because you’re too scared to act, step out in faith and do something (Joshua 1:9).
After seeking God through prayer, Bible study, godly counsel, and appropriate pacing, quit delaying your decision. Just make it! Trust that God is true to his word—if you ask in faith for wisdom, he generously supplies it (James 1:5-6).
God is even more invested than you are in accomplishing his works through you (Philippians 1:6).
5. Give thanks for the results God will bring
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Instead of second-guessing the decision you’ve now made, give thanks for it. Look forward to how God will bless it.
Believe that God will work good out of your choice (Romans 8:28). Even if you mess up, he can redeem it. His grace is big enough. Trade in the pressure for peace; he sends rest for your heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7).
As you enhance your spiritual sensitivity to God’s guidance, let it grow your confidence in what the Lord does, not just what you do.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
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What helps you stop wavering and just make the decision? Please share in the comments.
Read more for making better decisions:
- When You Can’t Be 100% Sure
Don’t be so afraid of being wrong that you do nothing. Even if you make a poor decision, God can work with it.
- Need Help Making Your Decision? Try 10/10/10
Ask yourself these three questions to both narrow and broaden the time frame of your decision in 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years.
- How to Make a Better Decision
Use this WRAP process in Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.
revised from the archives
originally posted at Do Not Depart