Decisions have a big influence on how we live our lives on a daily basis.
From common encounters we face on a daily basis, to the people in our lives, to even cultural values.
In psychology, decision-making is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Every decision-making process produces a final choice that may or may not prompt action.
Each bullet point below is a point mentioned by some of us who attended yet another one of our engaging and interactive A4C youth meetings…some of us who didn’t leave until almost midnight!
When it comes to decision making, friendships are one of our most biggest influences, and play a big role in our decisions in general, for example when it comes to:
Sense of style/fashion
Your goals and aspirations
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”
Instinct is another common word that often comes up. Before making the decision, we have that deep feeling that alters the route we take before finally making the decision:
“When your spirit doesn’t take to something, stick with it!”
“Many instincts can be based on past experiences”
Sometimes instincts can be spiritual; like the Holy Spirit SHOWS you what the outcome could be! For example, a young man in the meeting spoke about facing confrontation with another young man on the street who initiated attacking him. A part of him was going to continue with the confrontation, but his instinct told him to run – which we did.
“The voice you listen to will determine the life you follow”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths
Can often change in our lives, such as a change in finances, leading us to make important decisions
Another young man in the group spoke about the decision he made to do illegal activities so he could have a lot more money than usual; circumstances were one thing, and peer pressure was another. During the fraudulent activities, a friend of his got caught, which jolted this young man to stop what he was doing, and make a decision to change his lifestyle before he ended up in prison.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
And then there are the decisions we make purely based on our intuition and attitudes:
“‘This is the way I am’: can often be used to cover up a bad foundation. Sometimes we need to look in the mirror and ask why we make certain decisions and react in a certain way to things?”
Decision making can be full of so many deliberations and moments of uncertainty, but it’s so important to include God in our decision-making and trust in His plans for our lives. At first we’ll think our choice (when making the BIG decisions) is the best possible outcome, and then later on regret it due to wishful thinking, speeding, and not consulting it first with God.
However, the small decisions like taking the bus or train to work, or whether to wear black or white is all down to human decisions and life in general – the big decisions you make say a lot about your life, the small decisions you make say a lot about how you live your life.
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