Everyone makes decisions differently. Some people are able to make decisions quickly while others ponder over a decision for days. I am the someone who has difficulty making decisions, especially big decisions. I am definitely a ponderer. My dad is a ponderer and that always got on my nerves because when I’d ask him if I could do something or have something he’d have to “think about it”. I was always impatient, but as I have gotten older I can understand why.
Over the years I have determined some things that help me to make better decisions. Ultimately, as a Christian I have learned to make decisions based on faith.
Things To Consider When Making Decisions Based on Faith
Influence – When it comes to making decisions we are often influenced by those around us. The Bible says “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 Those you are closest to in your life will influence your decisions whether positively or negatively. I attempt to only listen to those in my life who will help me make wise decisions. When I need to make a decision I talk to those whom I trust.
As I mentioned before, I ponder. Ponder means to think about carefully, especially before deciding or concluding. Just like my daddy, as an adult I have come to understand the necessity of pondering things when I am attempting to make a decision based on faith. Pondering gives you time to listen to your heart, your conscience, and your God.
Pray – If there is no other action step that I would recommend the most important one to use in the decision making process is prayer.
Prayer is powerful.
Prayer is our lifeline.
Prayer should be your first step, not your last resort.
Prayer changes things.
The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 It also says that, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Weigh the pros and cons. A useful task in helping you to make decisions is to weight your pros and cons. The process is simple. You simply make a list.
Divide a sheet of paper into two columns.
Label one column pros and cons.
Write down the appropriate thoughts under each category.
I have done this more times than I can count to make decisions. Big decisions, little decisions, not matter what, this simple tasks can shed some light on the situation.