There are people in this world who seem to find decisions a breeze… Effortless. Carefree. No stress. Easily pleased. Out for dinner, they take 30 seconds to make their choice from the menu. They’ve also been passionately pursuing the same career path since they were six years old. Life is so easy! Oh my goodness, I WISH I was like this! Yes I’ll admit I’m pretty jealous of these people.
I like to weigh up all the options. I feel the need to know all the consequences & benefits of every choice before I can make a decision. Informed decisions. I need to be confident I’m not giving up the option that will be the most beneficial.
It can be scary to lock in a choice…especially when it could alter the course of your life. And there’s usually no way to guarantee the outcome of your choice. This pressure can add so much anxiety to a decision making process. So of course we’ll get indecisive.
S0 isn’t it just reasonable to take my time to ensure I make a wise decision?
Well maybe so, but where is the line between waiting for wisdom, and procrastinating in fear of committing? Indecisiveness or commitment issue? Because let’s be honest…
Sometimes we’re just scared, so we try to leave our options open to ensure we have the freedom to be flexible when other options come up. And sometimes it seems too hard to get our head around all the pros and cons, so we take the safe option and just wait for more info…and wait…and wait some more.
What if I make the wrong decision?
I say give God some credit. Would he really let you make such a fatal mistake?
I actually think God likes to play with doors…
I once chose to buy a particular car I was unsure about, but it turned out that the seller was dodgy and the sale fell through. I was devastated. Door closed. The next week I bought a car for a similar price that was 10 times better. Open door. God knew.
I once applied for a certain job I was unsure about, got an opportunity for an interview, but was unsuccessful. I was disappointed. Door closed. The next week I got selected for my dream job out of 300 applicants. God did His thing again!
I once selected a Uni course I was unsure about and got accepted. Door open. I studied for a year only to decide I was unsatisfied with my choice. I transferred to an alternate course. Who knows why God didn’t intervene this time to ensure I chose the “right course” in the first place? All I know is that I had a lot of valuable life experience for that year, and it didn’t stop me from being on the right path now.
I CAN TRUST HIM! God knows what’s behind each door and the consequence of every option. We can make life changing decisions and everyday choices knowing that God is in “protection mode”… He watches over us, ready to intervene if He needs to. And then sometimes we’ll feel shut down and rejected as God shuts a door… but we can be confident and grateful because we know a big, shiny, impressive door is about to open for us around the corner. That’s how God works.
It’s easy to get dramatic and treat some decisions as if it’ll be end of the world if we choose incorrectly. We can forget that God actually really cares for us and is an expert at keeping us on the pathway that HE designed for us. God doesn’t set up traps. He only sets out paths and doors that lead us on incredible journeys of adventure, growth, favour, influence & fun!
So….Just make the decision!
Question: Why are you struggling to commit to a particular decision? Can you trust God enough to jump out and take a risk?
“I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns”.