Making Right Decicions

Posted: May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Right Decisions

A young man was appointed to the presidency of a bank at the tender age of thirty-two. The promotion was far beyond his wildest dreams and very frightening to him, so he went to the venerable old chairman of the board to ask for advice on how to become a good bank president.

“What is the most important thing for me to do as a new president?” he asked the older man.

“Make right decisions,” was the gentleman’s terse answer.

The young man thought about that for a moment and said, “Thank you very much; that is very helpful. But can you be a bit more specific? How do I make right decisions?”

The wise old man answered, “Experience.”

Exasperated, the young president said, “But sir, that is why I’m here. I don’t have the experience I need to make right decisions. How do I get experience?”

“Wrong decisions,” came the old man’s reply.

Life is filled with decisions. Which socks to wear? Should the shirt button from the top down or from the bottom up? Which lane to drive in? Most of these decisions are made out of habit. On the other hand, there are some decisions that you spend time thinking about. What sounds good for lunch? Which voicemail needs to be answered first? Can the haircut wait until next week?

 

These decisions may seem small and insignificant, but woven together, they form the tapestry of our daily lives. Then there are life-altering decisions that cause you to struggle. Which career path is most in line with your unique skill-set and calling? Should you marry or remain single? Which church will allow you the best opportunity to grow and minister to others? These are often hard choices that deserve a great amount of thought.

Often the same decision-making process we use for minor issues is used for major
decisions as well. So the question is: How do we choose wisely? What criteria do we use to evaluate, to discern the best course of action? Clearly, gathering information and carefully analyzing our options is essential. Beyond that we need wisdom and clarity of thought: in order to make prudent decisions based upon the facts at hand and our understanding of God’s will.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

In sum there are four steps:

1. I pray that God’s will be done in me and through me.

2. I try to meditate upon the Scriptures day and night, desiring to saturate my thinking with the structure of God’s thinking.

3. I consciously pin my hope on the promise of God to work in everything for my good, so that in my mind and heart are at rest in His mercy.

4. As I confront moral choices during the day, if time and circumstances allow, I try to understand the effects of each choice on people’s lives.

Pray this helps.

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