One of the unique things about being human is that we make tonnes of decisions every single day. Other creatures need to make decisions too, but I doubt they’re aware of it as much as we are!
Some decisions are simple like: ‘Do I wear jeans or shorts?’
Others are hard, like: ‘Do I sell my house?’ or ‘Should I end this relationship?’
And a lot are in-between: ‘Do I tell my boss?’ ‘Should I let so-and-so know that I like them?’ and ‘Should I swipe my credit card one more time?’
The biblical writers are often talking about being “mature.” Paul certainly does when he says he wants to “present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
And I can’t help but think there’s a direct relationship between being mature and making wise decisions.
But life gets fast and confusing. So it’s helpful to have a straightforward tool to help you navigate the conundrums that bombard your brain on a daily basis.
So that’s what I’d like to share with you today courtesy of John Ortberg. He says that when you’re facing a decision and considering an option, ask yourself this:
“Will this move me closer to God or further away?”
The reason I like this is because it reminds us that we’re supposed to make decisions that honour God. Maturity is like making the hockey team or getting an A in chemistry. It doesn’t just happen. It’s usually the result of deliberate hard work and honing your skills.
So as you approach today’s tough decisions, ask yourself this:
Will this move me closer to God or further away?
By Matthew Ruttan
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