How do you handle the number and complexity of the decisions you need to make? According to a Columbia University study, you probably make about 70 decisions each day. That gives you and me the opportunity to make 500 great or not-so great decisions every week in our very complicated world.
Making Decisions, a five step Guide on Abide, can equip you to build a more solid foundation for making godly choices. Explore key scriptures and reflect on key questions about your decision-making habits. Practice using your decision-making process to glorify God, honor others and allow yourself to flourish.
Don’t let poor and difficult decisions lead you into a crisis. Get started by opening Abide, visiting the Guide's tab and selecting Making Decisions.
Prep questions for the Guide, Making Decisions:
- How do I weight my personal motives and God’s desires?
- What am I doing to consult the right people in the right ways?
- Do I have any habits that lead to good or bad decisions?
The Making Decisions Guide will challenge you to be honest about your good and bad decision making habits. Poor patterns of decision making can lead to big problems over time. Take a moment to think about any recent decisions or big decisions that went poorly. Think back on those experiences and consider any warning signs of the following poor decision-making habits that relate to your experience.
How do I weigh my own interests and opinions when I make choices? Do I tend to value my own interests too much or too little? Of the choices I make, which ones bring most glory to God and advance His kingdom? Which ones haven't glorified God or have worked against God's kingdom?
Do I have healthy habits for including community in my decisions? Do I tend to keep decisions to myself? Why or why not? How honest am I with others when I talk about why and how I am making decisions? Who around me can give me godly wisdom?
Do I have a tendency to rush to make decisions, or do I delay them until it’s too late?
- "For the lord grants wisdom!From his mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6
- "People may be pure in their own eyes,but the lord examines their motives." Proverbs 16:12
- "As a dog returns to its vomit,so a fool repeats his foolishness." Proverbs 26:11
The Guides on Abide provide powerful teaching, reflection and going-deeper exercises to help you live in God's promises. Guides are available for Abide Members who support the prayer ministry.
Abide has additional resources for making decisions in it's free prayer ministry:
- Browse over 50 prayers for the topic Guidance on the Abide app.
- Are you in the process of making a decision right now? Try listening to this prayer for reflecting on God's plans and will.