Decision-Making Tips

Alina Kanaski, 19

Reflective EGirl2 TS 137822626We make a lot of decisions: What classes should I take? How should I respond to that comment?—and more. These practices help me to make good decisions:

      1. Pray. I ask God what I should do and then follow God’s advice.
      2. Read the Bible. I see what scripture has to say about the issue I’m facing. Even if the Bible doesn’t address my specific problem, I usually find some helpful advice.
      3. Ask for advice. I don’t have to take their advice, but I’ve found that it’s wise to consult prayerful and thoughtful people whom I trust.
      4. Write. I list the pros and cons of each decision or simply write about what I’m feeling. Writing helps me to process my thoughts.
      5. Listen to myself. If I’m uncomfortable making a certain decision, there’s usually a reason. If I’m not sure that something is right, it usually isn’t. On the other hand, if I’m nervous about doing something new, that’s only natural; and so I try not to let my nervousness sway my decision.

With all your heart
you must trust the Lord
and not your own judgment.
Always let him lead you,
and he will clear the road
for you to follow.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (CEV)

Whatever decision you are making, ask God to guide you and be open to God’s prompting.


JOURNAL: Got a tough decision to make? Try the five tips above, keeping track of your insights in a journal—then act.

—from devozine (March/April 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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