All of us must make decisions…it is inevitable. We decide to stay fit, make certain purchases or we even make decisions that are going to impact our lives and those around us. Like taxes and death, making decisions are are part of life…even a decision to not make a decision is a decision (that was a mouthful).
I was with another Christian businessman last week who gave me the following from a business leaders group that he attends. This is some great stuff.
- Do I want God’s guidance? Do I want to follow God’s plan, or do I simply want God to bless my plans?
- Am I in fellowship with God? Am I in a good spiritual condition to make certain decisions? Sin, relationships, attitudes and deeds in my life can cloud our moral judgement.
- Have I asked God for wisdom? James writes: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you. (James 1:5) Praying and searching the Bible should go hand in hand.
- Do I have all the facts? Solomon writes: Every Prudent person acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.(Proverbs 13:16)
- Would I want everyone to know about it? If you are making a decision and you would be embarrassed if other people found out about it that means it is probably not a good decision. Proverbs 10:9 says: The person of integrity walks securely but the one who takes crooked paths will be found out.
- Is this going to make me a better person? Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial, and not everything is constructive. (I Corinthians 10:23)
- Will this choice control me, or will God still be in control of my life? Could this be something that is addictive to me? No matter how enjoyable it is, or how simple it may be, will it dominate my life? Paul writes: All things are lawful for me but I will not be dominated by anything. (I Corinthians 6:12) I won’t let anything master me, consume me or control my life.
These are great reminders for us all…especially me.