“You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:22, NIV
Joshua told the people of Israel it was time to decide whom they were going to serve: the Lord their God, or Baal (Joshua 24:15). The people said they would serve Jehovah God; Joshua reminded them that they would be accountable for their decision.
Every decision we make has consequences and, as a result, sometimes we have a difficult time making them. A diplomat is a person who, when asked to name his favorite color, answers “plaid.”
When making decisions keep the following four points in mind.
- Get the Facts – “He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame.” (Proverbs 18:13, NIV) One night at sea, the ship’s captain saw what looked like the lights of another ship heading toward him. He had his signalman blink to the other ship. “Change your course 10 degrees south.” The reply came back: “Change your course 10 degrees north.” The ship’s captain answered: “I am a captain. Change your course south.” To which the reply was: “Well, I am a seaman first class. Change your course north.” This infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: “I say change your course south. I am on a battleship!” To which the reply came back: “And I say change your course north. I am in a lighthouse!”
Peter Drucker said, “Once the facts are clear, the decisions jump out at you.”
- Never make a decision based on fear.
- Know where you are going. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- Not to decide is to decide. When you need to make a choice and do not make it, that in itself is a choice.
QUESTION: Have you been procrastinating over a decision you need to make today?