On a daily basis we are bombarded with decisions. What to wear, what to eat, how to act, what to do, who to interact with, etc. And that doesn’t even include the plethora of decisions we make pertaining to our electronic devices!
The topics of self-control, willpower, and decision making have been a source of conversation for researchers, psychologists, and therapists at an ever increasing rate. As with most things in our society currently, the question is “How can we get more?” – self-control and willpower in this case.
What has come to be believed is that we have a self-control/willpower tank, if you will, that gets depleted throughout the day. The more decisions you make that require self-control, the more the tank depletes. For one, this is why it’s way harder to avoid the junk food and dessert at the end of the day.
It has been found that the more we reduce unnecessary decisions in our daily life the easier it is to maintain self-control and willpower for decisions that are more important.
Paul gives us a good template when making decisions, as he states in 1 Corinthians 10:23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
We would go a long way in life if we kept that verse in mind during our decision making process. Is this beneficial? Is this constructive? If the answer is no to either question then we would be wise to avoid that situation.
That sounds so cut and dry and easy doesn’t it?!
Now how about the decision to follow Jesus? That is a much larger decision than ‘Should I answer my notification during an office meeting?’. (No, you shouldn’t by the way!)
The bible is riddled with accounts of people unsure of which god to follow, our Heavenly Father or other god’s of the time. This is also true today. We can’t follow two Gods – our Lord and ________.
Be honest. What aspect of your life are you letting get in the way of your decision to fully follow Christ?
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the god your forefathers served beyond the River, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
1 Kings 18:21
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God follow him.”
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
I pray that this post and the above scriptures move you in your decision making for this day and all your days to come.
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