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Written by Georgetta Head
Do you have difficulty making decisions? This is an action that is very difficult for many to make! I can relate because it is very challenging! I've been there many times until I learned key principles from the Bible that taught me how to control my emotions when making decisions.
As a single parent years ago, I learned the devastation of bad choices with my finances. Not seeking Father God first caused me several years of unwanted credit card debt. Plus, I learned experientially, our decisions, good or bad, have consequences!
Decision-making has to do with a gift God gives to each of us called "free-will" or "volition." This is the ability to think and act with maturity and wisdom for ourselves and when necessary for our immediate family.
Making decisions can be difficult at times because our emotions get involved, which influences us in the direction to take. Because our emotions tend to be fickle, one day we are happy, the next day sad or angry. When our emotions are on an up and down spiral, it would be wise not to make any decisions. Instead, we should table any decision-making until we can manage our emotional ups and downs.
Tips for wise decision-making is found in two powerful verses. Proverbs 16:3 "Commit thy works unto the LORD, And thy thoughts shall be established."
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.
• The wisest decision one can make when making deisions is to seek God's advice first.
• Don't allow negative thinking to influence your decision-making. With negative thinking, we will produce emotions that will produce negative actions.
• Finally, don't allow anxiety to pressure you into making decisions you will regret. Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us to "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
When we put our trust in Father God and wait on Him, He will direct our steps for good. Most importantly, His peace will guard our hearts and minds, which will guide us with prosperous choices.
Journey With The King
Charles S. Head