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07/16/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

LM 101: Decision Making for Christians

This post belongs to a new series called the “Life Management 101” Series:

  1. Goal Setting for Christians
  2. Time Management for Christians
  3. Decision Making for Christians
  4. Organizational Skills for Christians
  5. Communication Skills for Christians
Imagine yourself standing in the ice-cream isle of the supermarket.  You are staring at the various brands of ice-cream: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, rocky road, butter pecan… Now what does your heart tell you?  It tells you to follow your desires and reach out for the flavor you want.  At the same time, your mind is telling you that you don’t need all the empty calories; your health is more important.   Which do you follow?
  • Don’t “Follow your heart”
By heart I mean the desires of your heart.  The impulse, the emotional, and the senseless. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – Gen 6:5

God teaches us discernment and have wisdom, instead of “just do it”.
  • Don’t “Just do it”
Society tells us to “Just do it” or “Follow your heart”.  These advice are actually contrary to what God teaches us.   Just as how you would set your goals according to your godly priorities, you would also make decisions according to your godly priorities.
Here are the steps to good decision making:
  • Prayer

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

Trust the Holy Spirit.  God hears your prayers and he will help you make the right decision.

  • Check the Bible
The Word of God has very clearly guidelines which we should follow.  Other thing that harms others, we shall not do.  Anything that causes others to stumble and sin, we shall not do. Anything that violates the 10 commandments, we shall not do.  Remember to follow your Godly priorities.
  • Seek Wise Counsel
Most of time, problems are much more complex than a simple black and white.  Seek counsel from people who are more mature Christians, who are wise and respected.  Ask many people.
  • Wait
Never make a rash decision.  If you feel like you are being pushed to make a decision, then that means you definitely need to wait.  Wait until you feel at peace with your final decision.
God gave you a brain for a reason. Use it. Make a logical decision, not an emotional one.  A force field analysis is a slightly more complicated pros and cons list.  I use this a lot.
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