New Year, New You – Making Decisions for the Better, in Christ

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Throughout life we face many decisions, from what food to eat from whom to marry to what job to take. Making the right decisions consistently can be difficult when temptations make the wrong choices seem more gratifying or simpler. Following a life in Christ can make good decision-making easier. These steps below can help Christians through the decision-making process while bringing them closer to God.

Seeing the Problem

The first step is to acknowledge that there is a problem at hand. Focus on identifying the problem. What does it stem from or why is it affecting you at this time? How could your life be different if you were free of this situation?

Seeking Information

Once you have identified or admitted that there is a problem to solve, seek information on it. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” Proverbs 11:14

Make sure your sources are reputable and that they are in line with the Bible. Talk to spiritual mentors, friends and family who know your goals or who have similar goals to you. Sometimes, talking about your problems with someone else can bring false assumptions to light and help alter the way you would tackle a problem. Lastly, read the Bible for inspiration and guidance.

Finding Solutions

Once you have done some research and sought the opinions of trusted friends and family, you can start creating solutions. Often, we are avoiding a problem because we wrongly assume that there is only one solution to our problem, and that solution may seem extreme. In some cases, you may be able to brainstorm for solutions with those you confided in. This may bring to light ideas you would not have thought of on your own and set you up for success by generating more solutions.

Introspection

You have done your research and have several options to choose from. Now you may find it helpful to reflect inwardly. See yourself working through the situation with some of your newly found options. Anticipate possible roadblocks you may face, and work through those. Lastly, envision your life without the problem.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28)

Introspection should be combined with prayer. Ask God for help on deciding what path you should take and ask for strength to follow through.

Making Decisions

 “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work.”1 Corinthians 15:58

Hopefully, you can feel confident in making a decision after collecting information and planning. If you need a boost of confidence, continue to pray or return to a trusted Christian friend for more support.

Follow Through

Set your plan into action. Don’t delay implementing the solution that you have beautifully constructed. You have thoroughly thought out the solution and have no reason to hesitate.

‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ Hebrews 13:5-6

Avoid Temptation

You have made your decision, but sometimes we need additional motivation in order not to back slide or change our mind.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

This may not apply to all decision-making, but avoiding temptation is sometimes necessary to stick to a decision we have make. Think of situations you will need to avoid to stay on track.

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