Some of us have messed up big time. Perhaps we’ve made an unwise decision that has altered our life’s direction, or maybe we’ve accumulated a series of poor choices, resulting in a habit or an addiction. Yes, we can always seek and receive God’s forgiveness. Not all consequences can be eliminated; however, we can learn from our mistakes and begin moving in a positive direction. As a disciple or a disciple maker, we can start down the road to better decision making
I want to introduce you to a wonderful book by Andy Stanley: The Best Question Ever? It could possibly be one of the best investments I’ve made in a while.
What about the decision making process–especially for those gray areas in life? If you’re like me, you probably ask the following questions from time to time:
Is there anything wrong with it?
If I do this thing, is it technically a sin?
What can I get away with and not violate scripture?
Did God actually mean it that way?
What if I just do it this one time?
Stanley challenges us to ask a better question:
Is it the wise thing to do?
Asking this one question will save us from many future hardships and regrets. It’s a powerful way to keep us from falling into those bad behaviors that rob our joy, consume our time, and/or impact our families.
The book expands on this basic question and shows the application for your career, your relationships, your time management, your finances and your spiritual growth.
Often, the answer to the above question is intuitive; we just need to act upon it. Frequently, we will need to look outside our own ability to answer the best question ever. Stanley encourages us to seek:
Godly counselors and mentors
Here are some important verses that provide support for the wisdom question:
1 Corinthians 10: 23-24
What about you? Do you have any further insights or advice to help us make better decisions?
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