How We Make Decisions
Some people hate to make decisions and procrastinate as long as possible. Some people will make a decision but then change their minds again and again.
And some of us just want to get the decision over with as quickly as possible and never look back.
I’m more in the latter category. I don’t like having decisions looming ahead of me. The uncertainty of NOT deciding makes me more anxious than the decision itself.
So when I was deciding what to memorize next, this text in Deuteronomy appealed to me.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”
I decided to memorize it along with the other verses in Deuteronomy 30:11-20.
And thankfully, many in our memorizing community at Do Not Depart—Hide His Word—have made the same decision.
For ten weeks beginning September 25, we’re choosing to learn one verse a week (with a week off for Thanksgiving). And with this challenge, Do Not Depart is also offering a short, weekly Bible study to coincide with each verse. The context study worksheet is available now.
Once made, it’s a big decision we won’t have to make again, even though we’ll have smaller decisions to make each week (Will I practice the older verses? Will I study the context? Will I recite it to someone aloud?).
I know we can’t make all our decisions ahead of time. (And sometimes we DO need to change our minds even after a decision is made!)
But if we can make a decision ahead of time, I’m comfortable with that.
I made a decision years ago to choose Jesus. That decision has made a lot of other decisions fall into place. It means that I also choose love. Choose life. Choose grace.
It doesn’t mean it’s easy. Or even necessarily clear. And I still mess up often.
But sometimes getting one big decision behind us helps us make the smaller decisions with more confidence.
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The invitation to memorize this text is open to you, too. There’s no glory in deciding yes; no shame in deciding no. Just an offer. Get more details here if you’re interested.
What’s your decision-making style? What’s a helpful verse you decided to memorize? Please share in the comments.
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