Unrest, stress, and turmoil are the frequent companions of decisions. As you wrestle with making a choice, the uncertainty can flood you with anxiety; and, once the decision is made, you can grow nervous as you contemplate the potential consequences.
Deciding what is right or wrong, and what is the best course of action can be perplexing. Even the Apostle Paul prayed that the Philippians would “abound in knowledge and every kind of insight,” so they could decide “what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10).”
The next time you need to make an important decision, here’s a checklist of 4 insightful questions to help steer you in the right direction:
- Helpful or Harmful: Will the results of my decision be a benefit to me and others or a detriment?
- Embarrassment Factor: If the consequences of my decision became front page news and trended on social media, would my parents be embarrassed?
- Here and Now or There and Then: Are you basing your decision on the intense but temporary pain of the here and now, or are you considering the long-term consequences of the future (there and then)?
- Consistent: Will the results of this decision be consistent with Biblical principles?
I suggest that you look at the checklist again. As you read it a second time, think about the long-lasting power of your decisions that are seen in your words and deeds: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3:17).”