Choices: Learn to Make Effective Decisions

Every time we choose to do less than we could, this error in judgment has an effect on our self-confidence. Repeated every day, we soon find ourselves not only doing less than we should, but also being less than we could. – Jim Rohn

Our pastor’s children’s sermon Sunday morning was on ‘choices’ – good ones and bad ones. He told them about a high school friend who went on to become a famous rock star while he chose ministry over music. His musician friend is unhappy and trusts no one. Pastor feels privileged to share God’s love with his congregation and community. He told the kids that every choice has consequences. Cause … and effect.

Later, during the Lord’s Prayer, while everyone else was reciting ‘deliver me from evil’, I heard these words in my head, “Deliver me from selfish thoughts.” Immediately, another thought followed, “Anytime you hold back in fear, it’s selfishness.”

Selfishness is a manifestation of fear, and Jesus told us dozens of times, “Fear not.” We can ‘what if’ any situation until our doubts override our good sense.

  • Should I try that, Lord? What if it doesn’t work?
  • Can I afford it?
  • What if people laugh at me or think I’m stupid?

Anytime I choose to do or not do something based solely on what’s good for me, I’m trying to protect myself – my ego, my money, my reputation. My space, my time, or my agenda. Protection is God’s job. If you don’t believe me, read the 91st Psalm. My job is to be a blessing.

We need to decide to DO the things we have hesitated to do. Someone else’s blessing is being affected by our delay and dithering. We need to ask better questions to get more positive results. What matters most, protecting your ego and fears or learning to move forward into blessing and victory? Are you willing to honestly ask yourself

  • What if it does work? Can I afford not to?
  • Will this bless others and harm no one?
  • What do I need to learn so I can improve my chances for success?
  • Am I allowing false fears to control my actions?
  • What’s the worst that could happen? How can I handle that if it happens?

Unless you are contemplating something that is physically dangerous, there is probably no reason for hesitation. If you have a dream or idea that needs exploring, go for it! Choose to be a blessing. Choose to share your talents. Choose to step into your power and move forward.

Someone is waiting for you, your gifts and your insight. Someone needs exactly what you have to offer. Make your choices based on service to others, and you’ll make right ones – every time.

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