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Making Wise Decisions


This is a follow-up to my post on Wisdom.

“In light of my past experiences, in light of my future hopes & dreams & in light of where I am right now what is the wise thing for me to do?”  Pastor Andy Stanley

He was speaking on training your conscience to be sensitive to wisdom issues not just right or wrong issues. You make decisions based on what is prudent now but know you have the freedom to change it later. I’m asking this question in every area of my life.

I’m still adjusting to living in a home. In the 7 years I lived in my previous apartment, I never knew what day the trash was picked up. It wasn’t necessary because the bin was always on the street & could take my trash out whenever I needed to.

I realized I needed to create a check list of things I need to do every weekend, once a month and quarterly for maintaining my home and bring balance to my life.  If I don’t, I’ll spend the next few years responding to the issues caused by my neglect and ignorance. There’s much I’m still learning and I need to create time to learn about maintaining my home.  Using a checklist and creating a few minutes a week to research different aspects of my home is the season I’m in now.

Let’s take apart Pastor Stanley’s quote with another example:

In light of my past experiences…

Whenever I don’t meal plan for the following week and then grocery shop, I find myself eating out more that week or running to the grocery store for the one item I need to cook my meal.

In light of my future hopes and dreams…

I want to maintain my weight by eating those things that are good for me and rotate my diet.

In light of where I am right now…

I need to lose weight and I need to be prudent with my money since I don’t have the excess income as I did a few months ago.

What is the wise thing for me to do?

I need to plan time in my week to research, do menu planning and grocery shop.  For me to do less than this is to refuse to take part in my own success, yet commit to my failure.

Successful leaders are sapient people who know leadership begins with self. How does Pastor Andy Stanley’s question change the decisions you make?