(Make sure you read all the way to the end. You don’t want to miss a song that will brighten your day and lift your spirits!!)
If I’ve given this advice once, I’ve given it a zillion times:
NEVER make a decision out of fear.
I’m not sure exactly where and when this became so deep rooted for me but somewhere along the way it sank in…and stuck.
So what exactly am I talking about?
Obviously when making decisions, all options should be considered. Certainly, consequences must factor in to the decision making process, however, there is a profound and substantial difference between that, and simply being afraid of the potential ramifications.
My guide, first and foremost, is to do the right thing.
- Even if the RIGHT THING means someone may get upset with you
- Even if the RIGHT THING means extreme measures of perseverance
- Even if the RIGHT THING means having to deal with an awkward or uncomfortable situation
- Even if the RIGHT THING is extraordinarily difficult.
- Even if the RIGHT THING is scary.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” (James 4:17)
If you allow fear to guide your choices, they will generally be the WRONG choices!
I’ve been called idealistic and stubborn before. (Imagine that??) While I don’t deny that these attributes may not always reflect my most favorable light, these are also the same qualities which sustain me when I feel led to take a stand for that which is good and true and correct.
What do you use as your guide in decision making? Do you have healthy boundaries in place which you uphold? Standards you stop at nothing to meet? Aspirations and objectives you refuse to fall short of? If not, it’s time to establish them.
It’s much more effective to have such guidelines in place before you need them than to try and figure them out in the midst of a crisis situation.
Are you familiar with Matt Redman’s song, “You Never Let Go”? Give it a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM14VZVu0og The words are a great reminder that no matter what we’re faced with, we have NOTHING to fear with God on our side.