When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. Roy Disney
When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. William James
Life is the sum of all your choices. Albert Camus
Decisions are something we constantly face. There are decisions to be made virtually every minute of every hour of every day. We will make many, many decisions during the course of our lifetime. It is in our best interests to learn how to make the very best decisions possible.
Life is a journey. We are traveling down its road. Do we know where we are going, or do we wandering aimlessly wherever the wind blows? We come to many forks in the road and must make choices. Each choice has its own consequences; some are life-long and life-changing; some trivial. Sometimes we must deliberate “long and hard” as to what to do. Sometimes, we close our eyes and make our best guess. Some forks turn and twist and seem to bring us back to where we started. There are wrong turns, dead ends, flat tires and all kinds of unwanted events hampering our progress.
Every decision has unique circumstances. Each results in its own learning experiences; with new knowledge and wisdom getting packaged into each new set of consequences. Some of us are much like the “proverbial rat in the maze”; going to and fro, running into dead ends; turning and frantically trying to go forward. At least the rat has a purpose, cheese. Many of us live in this maze and lack any defined sense of direction or purpose.
The more we know what it is we want, where we want to go, what our purpose is; the more focused we become. When traveling down life’s road, there are some things we need, a map, compass, and definitely a destination. “If we do not have a destination, any ole place will do”, applies to too many of us. Knowing where we are going and having a plan for getting there, should always be the highest priority. The better our decision making process is, the better choices and consequences that result. The payoff will be a higher quality of life. Having a sense of purpose, living by principles, being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically balanced; all these become our map and compass, helping us to find our destination. Learning to make better decisions is a critically important to improving our quality of life. Without these things guiding us, we are no better than the rat in the maze. There will always be consequences to the decisions we make.
Challenge: As you travel down life’s road, are you the driver or passenger? Are you navigating and directing your trip or are you “helplessly” along for the ride, not knowing where you are headed? Your trip would be easier, more pleasant and meaningful if you equip yourself with the proper tools for your journey. Plan your life’s trip. Where do you want to go? The enjoy-ability of your trip will be dependent upon the effort put into it.
Wisdom: More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives that determine our destiny. Anthony Robbins
His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. Isaiah 28:26
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
God made us in his image but gives us freedom to choose our own way. The biggest decision anyone will ever make is whether to choose the fork in the road that leads to worldly ways or the fork leading us to a righteous relationship with God. This choice awaits us at every turn and fork. He wants us to choose the right way. It is always our choice to make. We have the freedom to choose, but there are great consequences for our choices.
Prayer: Help me to have the right maps and compass to aid me in getting to my destination.