Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Decision Time?

To delay or fail to make decisions may be more sinful than to make wrong decisions out of faith and love. (Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer, [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010], 218)

Our family has some decisions facing us: big, small, and in-between ones.  I stumbled on this statement a few days ago, and I've been turning it over in my mind. 

I'm a terrible decision-maker.  When the decision involves someone else, I almost always look for a way to get them to finalize the decision: what movie we should watch, where to eat, whether we should spend money on this item. 

Here are some of my recent thoughts on decision-making:
  1.  Not making a decision is making a decision.  By choosing not to act, I act.
  2. Similarly, if I allow someone else to make the decision, I am just as responsible for the outcome and consequences because I CHOSE to allow the other person to decide.
  3. My plans need to be held loosely, always remembering that they are under God's will and authority (see James 4:13-17).  Even Paul made plans that God prevented Him from acting on.
  4. I need help from others to make wise decisions: "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." Prov 15:22 
  5. Thinking about the Bonhoeffer statement, maybe it's time for me to make some decisions that have been made by "default" for awhile. 
What about you?  How do you make decisions?

1 comment:

  1. Are you reading Bonhoeffer?? That's a long read!

    I always seek the Lord first - ask Him for clear direction, and for Elliott and I to be on the same page. I also always, always seek counsel from others. Then I ask: is it doable? Does it make sense, does it fit in our lives, or will it add more stress? Sometimes I forget to ask that last bit. :)