I used to think I was an amazing decision maker.
Even when deciding what cat food to buy, I weigh all my options.
Price per ounce vs. what’s on sale vs. ingredients.
I consider them all.
I would toil and make a pro/con list right there in the middle of the aisle.
It’s cat food for God’s sake.
Now days it pretty much comes down to, “Will this food gas up my cat and make her butt smell like death, Hell and the grave? No? Okay, put it in the buggy.”
I didn’t find out that I was a a really terrible decision maker until I took a Gallup Strength’s Finder.
I thought “decision making” would be in my top 5 for sure.
I mean, who doesn’t love a good pro/con list?!
Out of a 150 potential “strengths,” decision making was 137.
I was in actuality a terrible decision maker and it’s because I went back and forth over super simple decisions.
Lord, I would beat the poor thing to death.
Choosing to do the right thing is not always easy.
Our flesh is a mighty force in our decision making process.
What serves ME? MY motives? Which decision will make ME look best?
Oftentimes split second decisions make our flesh feel good, but the consequences are hard to live with.
So let’s Dive Deeper:
When coming to a place where you need to make a choice…
–Have you sought the Lord about this choice? (Prov. 3:5-6; James 1:5; Ps 119:105)
–Does your decision bring glory to God? (1 Cor. 10:35)
–Will the outcome/consequences dishonor God or diminish your witness? (Prov. 22:1; Prov. 11:30)
If you make this process a habit, then it will become second nature.
By renewing our mind daily, hourly, sometimes minute to minute, instead of serving our flesh, we will begin to serve the Creator.
Once you’ve made a decison, trust God with the outcome.
And help me Lord Jesus, I am preaching this to myself right now…
No matter the outcome.
Good or bad.
He is still on the throne.