Have you ever made a bad decision? I sure have. Last year I spoke to an audience were students were present. It was kind of a graduation related message. I spoke about the importance of our decisions in living life after graduation.
Indeed, life itself requires a series of decisions. We all make them. Some of our decisions are good and some are not so good. There are other decisions that are rather tough to make. Tim Parsons wrote a good article about tough decisions.
Regardless, we make decision on a daily basis. A truth to consider was given by Solomon when he said: A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.
Here are 4 things I’ve learned to consider when making decisions:
1. Decisions are best made with a good amount of wisdom in the mix. The more information, the more experience and the more we know about a situation, the better the decision will be made.
Better yet, the way in which the decision is made is going to determine the outcome. Sometimes, the attitude or the approach during a decision that’s been made will either make or break the outcome of that decision.
2. You can’t afford to make an emotional decision. To make emotional decisions often lead to regrets instead of a positive future. But when a decision is made objectively based on facts and/or truth combined with wisdom, often results are suitable for the situation.
3. The reality is we are all where we are as a result of our decisions. The question is: Are you pleased with where you are in life? Have your decisions lead you in the right direction as you expected or as you hoped?
I recall when we were getting ready to purchase land in a different State to build a new house. Mind you, this is one of the biggest decisions one can make. To say that we were scared is an understatement. So we prayed. God knew our hearts and we prayed about the situation, and guess what? He answered! Our emotions were calmed and we were able to make a wise decision. This leads me to another important factor.
When a decision is made objectively based on facts and/or truth combined with wisdom, often results are suitable for the situation. Tweet This
4. Reactions are often negative decisions. Don’t react. Just respond to the situation.
For many, decisions are often made reactively. In other words, sometimes we coast through life and when something undesirable takes place we make a decision to go against that situation which, of course, leads us somewhere. That “somewhere” is often a place we didn’t necessarily planned to be in initially.
That’s not to say that reactive decisions are always bad, sometimes they turn out to be great, as a matter of fact. I know this contradicts this point, but check this out…
An example of a good “reactive” decision is when two kids are playing with a softball, and one misses the throw and out of the corner of your eye you see this ball coming at you. In a less than a split second, which feels more like days or years, this oncoming object appears bigger and bigger. Suddenly, you react by ducking down preventing a blow to the head, saving yourself a trip to the hospital. This is a good reactive decision.
But more often than not, reactive decisions or choices are detrimental to our future, such as what career to choose, or the person to marry, etc. So avoid them and pray and respond. This also leads me to one last thought:
Successful and productive decisions are often and best made based on two major factors: Prayer and Vision. When we take time to pray, seek God’s face and his ways, He will answer, (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
Furthermore, when our lives are managed, lead and directed by a vision, then our decisions are more decisive and conducive to our vision and not necessarily related to the problem at hand sabotaging our vision. Wise decisions are often made from prayer and from a foundation of vision, which was also (and hopefully) birthed in prayer. (if you want more info on this subject, you can get my book which will take you further on your vision pursuit)
I will be posting a little bit more on this subject in a future blog post.
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