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From a Mother's Heart

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Making the right decisions in life

 

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the meaning for decision is (1) the act of deciding or settling a dispute or question by giving a judgment. (2) The act of making up one’s mind. (3) a judgment or conclusion reached or given. (4) determination; firmness of mind.

It is distinguishing between options, some big, some little, some good, and some evil. You must choose between little things such as a chocolate or vanilla ice cream cone, or between great issues, such as which person shall I marry, which job shall I take, which home shall I buy? But the most important decision in life is this: What shall I do with Jesus? If you choose to accept him, your eternal destiny and your life on earth will be radically different from what they will be if you choose not to accept him.

The most important decision you can make is to follow God. Joshua 24:15--- “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua challenged the nation of Israel to choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.

Knowing the scriptures and gleaning their wisdom gives us more options in our decision making and provides us with the discernment we need to make healthy choices. A right decision is one that is consistent with the principles of truth found in God’s Word. If only one of the options would please God, that is the right decision. If there are several options that are consistent with God’s word, then rather than the decision itself, the most important thing may be the process of trusting God to help you make the most of the path you choose. Psalm 25:4, Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord, point out the right road for me follow. Here the psalmist expressed his desire for guidance. We must desire to be guided by God, and we must ask for direction. By reading and constantly learning the Bible, we gain the wisdom to perceive God’s direction for our lives. For more information about how God’s word can help you, read Psalm 119.

Sometimes the right decision can be hard, even if we don’t always make the best decision; God has the power to make the decision turn out in our best interests. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”

The important principle is to seek God’s guidance. I John 5:14 And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. Proverbs 12:15 He who needs counsel is wise. Sometimes we are to seek advice from those whom we can trust, but always make sure your decision is not based on values that contradict God’s word.

You know you’ve made a good decision when what you’ve decided honors God, and the fruits of your decision produce good results.

Galatians 5:22-23 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Hebrews 5:14 Solid food is for those who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.

Sinful decisions, even small ones, can have serious consequences like a cancer that grows wildly out of control, but you will consistently make good decisions if you are spending constant time in God’s word and acting upon its principles. Good advice comes from Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

From my heart.