Pastor Mary’s Ponderings…
I think when I get to heaven, the first thing I will ask God is: “What were you thinking when you decided to give us free will!?” Some days I think life would be so much simpler if I didn’t have to choose, if I didn’t have to decide. Do you ever feel that way? Well, I guess after a while we might get bored and life would see dull if we didn’t have to choose. I just wish it was easier to choose.
It seems the older I get, the more aware of the consequences of my choices – even the mundane choice of what to have for supper has it consequences! When one has a decision to make there is so much to take into consideration: What will the outcome be? Who will it affect? All sorts of other things come into to play. Our decisions can help or harm not only us but perhaps someone else. So, how do we do this? How do we decide? How do we keep from making those “knee-jerk” decisions?
Whether we have a decision to make in our personal life or in the life of the church, as Christians, we are called to listen for the voice of God in our lives. Too often our decisions are made out of selfishness, anger, or influenced by what is the easiest at that moment. I think the fight or flight, knee jerk reaction decisions get us in the most trouble. It always helps me to take a breath, to talk it over with God and then to take the time to listen for His guidance. (this also helps, when I need to understand someone else’s decision) I need to be concerned about what God thinks about the final decision. Did I make the decision for the right reasons? Am I cutting off my nose to spite my face!? Will the decision follow the teachings of Jesus and bring God Glory? I must admit, that at times, it is not an easy discourse for me to follow, but when I do, my heart is much more peaceful after the decision is made.
Unfortunately, since we do have “free will” I don’t have any control over how others will react to my decision, but I must be at peace with it. I think that is how I know it was a “right” decision – no huffing and puffing and need to explain myself, no second thoughts and most important – a deep sense of peace.
What is your process for decision making?
Is God in the midst of it?
Does your decision conform to “the ways of this world” or to the way of Jesus Christ?
Lord, we are called upon to make decisions every day. Some of them simple and mundane but others that will affect us and others for years to come. Help us to seek Your Will first and foremost. May all our decisions be made out of an honest assessment of the situation at hand, referencing the teaching of Christ, and an abundant amount of prayer. Amen.
Blessings, Pastor Mary