making decisions is hard

January 21 – Decision Making Is Exhausting

4:21 – Decision Making Is Exhausting

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Setting

“What’s for dinner?” “Where’s my shoe?” “What color of paint do you want?” When will you offer this training?” “What should I write #faithbites about?” So many questions. So many decisions to be made. Lately, it seems that decision-making is my full-time job. From getting the kids ready for school to construction to working to home, it’s decisions every day, every minute. I’m tired of making decisions.

When I look at decisions, I think about it in two ways. One, is it the right decision for now and for later, and two, should I be the one making the decision. All in all, being the decision maker is hard. Sometimes, you just need a break.

What does decision making look like in your life? What role does it play in your mental health or in your exhaustion?

Scripture
  • Romans 14:19So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
  • Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Reflection

There is nothing we can do to avoid making decisions. It is part of life and one that we should relish that our input is needed. When we are exhausted, we can look to God to help us make the right decisions. When we have to make them, we should do it with love, understanding, and pursue mutual upbuilding. We can’t just make decisions that are right for us but are right for everyone. We also see that before we make a decision, we should dwell on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and good repute. Imagine if everyone used these principles before making a decision. Do you think we would be in a better place as a people? If we used these principles, would making decisions and living with decisions be easier? I don’t know but I know I am going to try it out.

Time to flip the script. Instead of looking at making these decisions as a hard thing or exhausting, try to think of them as a chance to provide input and help others. It’s not easy to do, but one step at a time. And when it does get too tough, take the rest you need. Turn it over to God.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you give us so many chances to impact the world. Help us to use our time wisely and put effort into those things that truly matter so that we can have the biggest impact on the world in the way you want. Lord, it’s easy to get bogged down. Help us to grow, learn, love, and make the best choices we can, even if we are tired. We pray for your guidance as we try to make good decisions. Amen.

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