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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ignite the Power Within Step 5: The One Key to Making Wise Decisions

Every day we have hundreds of decisions to make. Most of them are small, like what to have for dinner or what color shoes to wear to work. However some decisions are major such as a career-change, a home purchase, or a relationship decision. These are times we need wisdom, knowledge, and God's guidance.

In some situations such as business decisions, good decision-making is a learned mental skill. Professional football coaches get really good at making decisions in the heat of the moment with limited information. They are mentally trained at making multiple quick decisions. They evaluate the facts, combine it with their experience and execute a decision. Done.

Personal decisions are often more difficult to make because the heart and the mind are both involved. We are torn between conflicting values and it takes quiet time alone with God to gain clarity on what is most important to us. We want to do the right thing but often we are unclear as to what that is. This is where God and Scripture come in.

When I am unsure of a decision, I go straight to the word of God.  It helps me to step outside my emotions and take an objective look at the situation. As a long-time student of the Bible, I am familiar with the principles and ideas in most of the books. A good place to start is the book of Proverbs. There is much wisdom in this book regarding the major facets of life including relationships, finances, child-rearing, lending, and communication. Write down all the verses pertaining to the issue you are facing, pray about it, and you will get clarity on what to do.

Many people, however, have this process reversed.  Instead of asking and seeking God's will regarding their decision, they make the decision and then look for a verse to back up their decision. This is not the way it works. God wants the best path for us, but we must make the diligent effort to determine what that is, trusting that God ultimately knows better than we do. He sees the future and we only see with limited vision, often colored by rose-colored glasses.

What decision are you facing? Is it keeping you up at nights? If so, take it to God. Ask for wisdom. "If anyone of you lacks wisdom, ask  God, for he gives it freely and without reproach." (James 1:5).

Like a good father, God wants the best for us. Don't be afraid to seek his advice and guidance. He is faithful to answer your prayers and guide you in the right path. 

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