Decisions play a huge part of our daily lives. Whether they are small or large, a good or bad decision can change the course of a life and even history. It would be safe to say that nothing shapes our lives more outside of God than the decisions we make. So how can we make better decisions? Let me share a few things that might help.
- Prayer. Yea it’s basic, I know. But because it’s so basic we tend to not utilize it, especially in smaller decisions. But how many smaller decisions have changed the course of our lives? It was only supposed to be one drink, one hit on the toke, one night out. It was just one click that changed it all. If you want to make better decisions, make sure you pray about everything and especially the small things. Pray all the time (1 Thessalonians 5:17), everywhere and you’ll start making better decisions.
- Presence. Acknowledge Jesus’ presence. Practice the presence of Jesus being with you in making all decisions. He’s told us that He is with us always (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5). He’s has given us His Spirit within to help guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Furthermore God the Father is everywhere all the time and outside of time (Psalm 139). They know how your decisions will affect you and the future. Turn to them when making decisions.
- Peace. Do you have peace about the decisions you’re making? If God’s Spirit is within you, then if there’s something you don’t have peace about, it’s likely that it’s a decision that would not please God or it’s something He doesn’t want you to do (1 John 3:21). It’s important to not ignore when you don’t have peace about something. Pay attention to the Spirit within and seek more counsel through God’s word and people.
- People. God has given us friends but in reality and in His Word. Romans 15:4 tells us that the things written in the Bible were own for us to learn from and to be encouraged. God has given us examples of men and women in His word that we can see decisions they made and walk in that wisdom. We don’t have to make the same poor choices as everyone else if we will simply heed the Word of God and pay attention to the testimonies of those lives therein. Furthermore this is another reason community and church is so important. If you want to make better decisions talk to other spiritually mature people about them. Don’t make decisions by yourself. Invite others to give you advice and counsel. The Bible tells us that in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:4, Proverbs 15:22).
- Plan. Don’t make decisions that don’t fit the plan God has for your life. As followers of Jesus, God has given us His Word and it contains many details about how to live a successful Christian life (James 1:5, Proverbs 3:1-2). Ultimately that means making decisions that align with God’s Word and His Will for our lives. We know that God has a plan for each of us and through studying His word, being aware of our own talent and gift mix, and His calling on our lives, when we plan and submit those plans to Him, we can make better decisions (Isaiah 55:8, Luke 22:42). If a decision will not propel you further into knowing and doing God’s will, reconsider. If a decision won’t bring glory to God, then don’t do it.
Making better decisions isn’t necessarily hard but it does mean we have to start considering how we make them. May the Lord continue to lead you in prayer, make you aware of His presence, surround you with people and give you peace within His plan.