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.


    18 replies to "Making Decisions Based on Faith"

    • Sarah

      I definitely need to ponder more and listen for the still, small voice.

      • Alyssa

        Me too Sarah!

    • Jerusha

      I’m not a great ponderer. Perhaps I should ponder more. But I agree that prayer and influence are major in making faith based decisions. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. ❤

      • Alyssa

        Amen thanks for visiting!

    • Jen Thompson

      I am a ponderer as well! So often, though, I ponder alone – meaning I don’t pray and listen. I’m getting better, but it’s a process. 🙂

      • Alyssa

        Yes, I am guilty of that too.

    • Josephine

      I once heard an analogy about meditating on God’s word or pondering. ‘Reading God’s word is like eating, meditation is digesting. I have recently been trying to ponder more. Thanks for the encouragement!

      • Alyssa

        Amen Great analogy!

    • Kelly Stackenwalt

      Hello fellow ponderer or as I call it, “processing,” lol I am the queen of processing a thought or decision!!

      • Alyssa

        oh yes ! Same thing!

    • Valerie Murray

      Loved this and saved to my facing fear Pinterest board. I tend to overthink everything! These are great tips to base our decisions on faith.

    • Christia Colquitt

      This was so encouraging to me. I can certainly waiver on making decisions. I certainly needed this reminder! Blessings!

      • Alyssa

        Thank you! You’re welcome

    • Cassidy

      I loved this post! I especially liked your first tip about influence. Having Godly counsel is so important when we are making decisions.

    • Sarah Robinson

      This is a discipline I’ve had to learn, and I’m glad to read I’m not the only one who would benefit by more prayer and pondering. In fact, I expanded on this notion a bit more for August’s essay topic “Wait.”
      Jen could not have know how much encouragement these topics would bring.

      • Alyssa

        Where is this August topic found?

    • My husband tends to ponder; I tend to pounce! We balance each other because sometimes he needs to move and I need to meditate. Thanks for the helpful tips!

      • Alyssa

        Ha! We both tend to ponder, meaning around here decisions don’t get made very quickly.

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