Has life EVER provided you with a circumstance that you NEVER thought you would be in and there was a decision that had to be made quickly?
Unless you live under a rock and never leave your rock palace, it is impossible to evade trying times and the split-second decisions that come with them.
So what do you? How do you decide what is best?
In our newest Bible Study, Your Move by Andy Stanley, we have been learning how to make sound decisions when the time frame is short, options are limited yet a Diva still has to put on her big girl panties and make a decision.
Throughout the Bible study, we are challenged to ask ourselves four questions to make sound decisions with God’s help.
Session one, Andy inspired us to get gut honest with ourselves and ask….
Why am I am I doing this….REALLY? Stated another way….Am I being completely honest with myself? Or …what is the real reason I am making this choice?
Determining our true motives for leaning towards one decision over another is very important because as Andy reminded us, we spend tremendous amounts of time and energy deceiving ourselves.
There is a Biblical answer for why we can rationalize and convince ourselves to do things that are not the best for us:
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I have sweet talked myself into a plethora of bad decisions: unwise and unnecessary purchases, dietary indiscertions, over booking my schedule, procrastinating, surfing the net or flipping through Facebook (just to name a few).
Taking a few moments to ask ourselves (“Why am I doing this…REALLY?”) enables us to get gut honest. For example:
I am surfing the net because I don’t want to clean up, prepare for the next day, or finish the report.
I feel lonely and shopping makes me feel better.
I am afraid.
When we ask ourselves why….it allows the Holy Spirit to guide us towards the best decision.
After we determine WHY we are doing something, session two suggested we ask ourselves: “What story do I want to tell?”.
In every decision-making environment, transition period, or drama producing activity, we are writing the script for our future story.
To illustrate this point, Andy used the story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Joseph faced family betrayal, slavery, and imprisonment. Often, he was forced to choose between no win options. Yet despite difficult situations, Joseph made choices with God-centered integrity and faithfulness and he was later rewarded.
When Joseph was finally able to reconcile with his family he said these words:
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20
This morning, we discover the third question Andy suggests we asks ourselves….”Is there a tension that needs my attention“.
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