“You’re only one defining decision away from a totally different life“. Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
We’re currently in the midst of making some life decisions that will potentially have long-lasting implications, so the quote above from Mark Batterson really hit home when I read it in The Circle Maker a few weeks ago.
Decisions can be difficult, especially when you know that they are likely life-defining decisions. They aren’t just “should I have peanut butter and jelly or tuna fish for lunch?” decisions but “how do I want to spend the next 10 or 50 years of my life?” type decisions.
However, oftentimes, it’s the “small” daily decisions that add up to a completely different life. For example:
- Years of daily deciding to stick with your budget instead of swiping a credit card and spending money you don’t have can put you in a position to be debt-free and give generously.
- Months of eating less and working out more can result in a smaller dress size, more energy, and better health.
- Years of investing in and nurturing your children on a daily basis can result in mature, well-grounded adults who go on to lead successful lives.
We all so want to make not just good decisions, but the right decisions. Decisions that we won’t regret for years to come. But how can we know what a right decision is?
Since my husband and I are Christians, we pray for clear direction and peace from God when making decisions and we also seek the counsel of those with experience and wisdom. In addition, there are two questions we ask ourselves that serves as a big indicator when making decisions:
- “Where do we hope to be in five or ten years from now?”
- “Will this decision move us closer toward our goals or further away from our goals?”
It might seem like overkill to ask yourself these questions with the small decisions, but truthfully, as indicated above, it’s often those seemingly small decisions that define the course for our lives. So don’t overanalyze the peanut butter and jelly decisions, but do know where you’re headed and then ask yourself daily if you’re making decisions that are moving you closer or further from where you want to go.
Those little decisions in the day-to-day, add up to a lifetime of difference. Decide well!