New Year, New Perspective

As we embrace the newness of the year and all the excitement that goes with any new beginning, many people are contemplating a cadre of decisions. If you really think about it, we are always encountering a decision of some sort. Do I order the chicken or the steak? Do I sleep later or get up and exercise? Do I wear the shirt or the sweater? And the list goes on and on.

Remember your choices impact more than just that one event or purchase. You are the choices you make and there are always consequences, good or bad. As J.K. Rowling, wrote in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,“It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  Your choices indicate your character, strengths, weaknesses, and overall illuminate a great deal about who you are.

As you embark upon your next decision, consider the following suggestions before finally deciding:

  •          Pray about the issue
  •          Listen for an answer
  •         Obey the direction provided in your answer

For larger, complex, or expensive decisions, you might need to follow a slightly different path such as:

  •          Consult those who are knowledgeable about the subject matter
  •          Consider all options; prioritize
  •          Analyze the results and consult with your spouse or significant other
  •          Pray about the issue and which solution is best
  •          Listen for an answer
  •         Obey the direction provided in your answer

When making any decision, the right decision for you should provide peace for your mind, body, and Spirit. Learn to seek that peace and recognize when it’s present. Your peace will help guide you in future decision making experiences.

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