Making Good Decisions

Decision making, at times, can be tough. Sometimes we think the decision is easy, but is it really? If it’s something that will affect us significantly—for instance a job change or getting married–it would be a good idea to not be too hasty, not let our emotions decide for us.

Not too long ago–after having a good job interview and what seemed like a good fit–I sat down and made a paper list. I labelled one side pros and the other cons. After exploring both sides thoroughly, it was obvious to me that the cons outweighed the pros. Also, I decided that I probably couldn’t live with some of the cons I listed. Now, it turns out that I wasn’t even offered the job. But, had I accepted it without thinking it through by making an emotional decision, I most likely would have regretted it and had to look for something else.

Some questions that might be helpful to consider in our decisions are:

– How do the individual elements/issues affect my values, my lifestyle? Are they in line or not?

– What are my priorities?

– How will this decision affect my family, my health, my future?

So, for these bigger decisions that can significantly affect us as well as those we love, making a list might be a wise choice. I would also strongly encourage prayer and involving the Holy Spirit in those decisions.  It can help prevent making a bad decision that we’ll regret later.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams


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