Have you ever played “Rock, Paper, Scissors?” Well we call it “Gorilla, Karate Man, Machine gun” now lol. Think about it; wouldn’t it be nice if every decision we made could be as easy as “Rock, Paper, Scissors - shoot” and if you didn’t like the outcome you do best out of three. I’ve heard that on average a person makes 70 conscious decisions a day. Which means we consciously make 25,550 decisions a year or if you look over a 70-year span (which is the average person’s lifespan) that’s almost 1.8 million choices (WOW). So, if you put all of that together the sum total of our life is decisions. Fact is, the quality of our life will really be determined by our ability to make really good decisions. Question is, how do we walk through making decisions? I think there are three filters to making great decisions (probably more but for sake of time and rock, paper, scissors - we’ll go with three)
Number One: God’s Word
Before we walk down the road of making a decision we need to say “Lord, what does your word say about what I’m getting ready to do? The Scriptures are the starting place to making great decisions in life. Psalms 119:105 says “your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Fact is, this book (the Bible) is compiled of 66 different books written by 40 different authors over a span of 1500 years and it all says “one thing” - the plan of God for His people. God’s word will speak to you every time you open it up.
Number Two: Wise Counsel
You have to find people that love you, care for you and have your best interest at heart. People who have gone where you’re trying to get. Form a counsel team where you check in with them every once and a while and ask them questions as it relates to your soul, your family, your wife and kids, the decisions you have to make. Proverbs 11:14 says where there is no counsel the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. And listen when I look for wisdom I’m looking for either “gray hair” or “no hair” lol.
Number Three: PeaceWhere is God’s peace? Colossians 3:15 says “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.” In other words, let His peace act as an umpire continually in your hearts. Just like in a baseball game the umpire has the final say. Paul is saying, when it comes to a big decision in your life first of all what's God’s word say, second of all what about wise counsel but the final thing you've got to know is where is the peace of God leading you? Never make big decisions off the top of your head but always make them out of the bottom of your heart.