There are so many decisions to make on a daily basis. Some are very small, such as choosing a snack or what color socks to wear. Others are middle of the road and some are very big.
I know that we make decisions every day of our lives. One time, I was writing one of the “My Baby and Me” workbooks called “Basic Decision Making.” I decided to count how many decisions I made from the time I got up until I got dressed. It was way over 50.
when to get up
choosing to brush my teeth
choosing to have devotions
what to wear (that required multiple decisions)
The list went on and on. I wondered why I wasn’t exhausted by the time I finished getting ready. We do so many things without thinking, because they are part of the routine of our lives. God has given us this great ability to make decisions and to have the freedom to choose to follow or not follow Him.
I recently talked with someone who told me they did believe there was a God, but they didn’t believe that He actually helped us with life decisions. I asked him how that theory was working for him. He responded “What do you mean?” I said, “How is it working to feel that you have no one greater than yourself to help you with your decisions?” His head went down slightly and he said, “Sometimes good and sometimes not so good.”
When Jimmy was alive, I could always go to him when I needed help with a decision. He would often tell me I needed to ask God what He wants me to do. Now, I have friends and family who help me with decisions, and I have Dr. Keith Yoder and Ann Weaver who are my spiritual mentors. I meet with them about every six weeks. They encourage, correct, and strengthen me. I am so grateful for all the people in my life who watch over, care for me, and guide me in my decision making.
But in spite of all that, I do need God’s help to make good decisions. The greatest gift of all is being able at any time, any place, to inquire of God. It does not mean that you have to talk out loud, quote scripture, or say certain words. You just need to ask Him for help.
Sometimes, there is silence at first and then as you go about your life, a thought comes into your head, a situation occurs or you open up the scriptures and the word of God comes alive to you. It may be in the form of a phone call, something you see on television, or even the reality that suddenly you know what you need to do.
It is like a great adventure of finding a treasure – the decisions we make, the way we treat people, the words we say, the advice we give can change a life, make no difference, help somewhat or even do great damage.
I want the words that I say and the things I do to be a treasure of blessing and love, yet full of truth. I want to live a life that is definitely flawed, but going hard after God’s perfect plan and will.
My decision about God is that He is real and wants to be involved in my life. And the bottom line is that I DESPERATELY NEED HIM!!!!!
May you know God as the great and caring decision maker. The decisions may not be easy and they may cost you something, but if you look to Him, they truly will make for an amazing life.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17