Do you ever have trouble making up your mind? You don’t? How about the guy in front of you at the doughnut shop … or the fast food store … or the perpetual lane-changer on the highway? Sometimes it’s not easy to come to a decision. Jimmy Buffett once said: “Indecision may or may not be my problem.” Another guy admitted: “I used to be indecisive, but now I am not quite sure.”
We were visiting friends in the North Georgia mountains recently. They had a neighbor who had a family wedding. The woman’s nephew was the groom. The ceremony was on Saturday. As of late Friday night, the groom wasn’t sure if he was going to go through with it. Makes you understand what a shotgun wedding might be.
Some things don’t matter much. I was standing in my closet trying to decide what shirt to wear. After staring at the rack for way too long, I gave myself a mental kick in the rear – “Pick a shirt for crying out loud!”
There are much more serious issues that confront us that require careful thought and consideration. We know that life is full of challenges when the way forward isn’t always clear. The apostle Paul gave this advice: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8).
Another sage recommended that we should reflect on questions like these when we try to make a decision:
- Who will it help?
- Will it hurt anyone?
- Are there acceptable risks involved?
- What do I hope to learn from my decision?
- Will my decision honor God?
Ultimately for people of faith, it always helps to turn to God’s Word: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6).