Decision Making: Following God’s Purpose (Calling)

 

By: Jonathan Lotson

 thumbnail-dummyWe live in a world where we are confronted by the need to make varied decisions. Making the “right” decisions are always at the forefront of our minds. It is said that a child makes up to three thousand decisions a day, and that adult’s make up to thirty-five thousand decisions per day.[1]  Decisions range from seemingly small decisions (like what we are going to eat, what shoes we are going to wear, or what movie we plan on seeing later), to more complex things (like how we should budget our finances, where we are going to live, or how one raises their child). There is no way to get around making decisions. Out of those thirty-five thousand decisions that adults make, one of the most important decision is deciding to answer the call that God has for our lives.

When following God’s purpose it requires that we think of decision making through the lens of obedience. Obedience places us in alignment with and in God. It is possible to do good deeds outside of alignment with God and still live in disobedience. Acting out of obedience allows us to bear fruit according to God’s call on our lives. The process of obedience isn’t always the easiest, but it’s imperative when we make the decision of following God’s purpose for our lives.

God’s calling and our purpose are always in relationship to love. Love invites us to do everything in our power (no matter how difficult) to put a smile on our Heavenly Father’s face. Love gives us the extra impetus needed to continue our individual journeys even when things don’t seem to make sense. Love also allows us to trust our Creator, knowing that he is willing and able to guide our footsteps every step of the way. Making a decision is always easier when you know that the person you love will always be there. No matter how much others may love us on earth, their humanity will fail us periodically through life. God has a proven track record of never failing us, which should ease our minds as we make the decision to follow the purpose that God has handcrafted for our lives.

Finally, while discussing decision making I could not conclude without briefly mentioning the concept of free will. Free will offers us a choice and cannot be overlooked when considering one’s decision to follow God’s purpose. Paraphrasing C.S. Lewis, at the end of the day it is your decision to follow God’s purpose or not, but let me remind you that God has designed us to run off of Himself. Furthermore, “God cannot give us a happiness and a peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.[2] As we move forward in our journeys one step at a time following God’s purpose for our lives let us make the decision to not just follow God’s purpose for our lives, but to do so willingly.

[1] http://go.roberts.edu/leadingedge/the-great-choices-of-strategic-leaders


[2]
C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity (p. 50)