Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Who is in charge of your life? Do you think you are in charge of your life? Do you ever stop to spend time to think through who is controlling your life? What will you do when you find out you are not as in charge as you think? Will you allow Jesus to take charge?

We think we are in charge of our decisions, and we are for the most part. Yet our decisions are based on our experience, our beliefs, and what we have learned. Our decisions are influenced by outside sources. Our decisions can often be predicted by others based on prior decisions, our behavior, and our normal attitude toward life.

Does it bother you that you are predictable? Many of us have probably not thought about how predictable we are. Yet we will make decisions based on how well we can predict someone else will react to them. Stop and think about how you do this.

If we are so predictable, how can someone else predict how we will react? They are observing us. They catalog all our reactions. So, when we react negatively toward something, that is filed away. When we react positively, that is also filed away. When we react one way when we are in one mood and differently when we are in a different mood, that is filed away.

We are influenced by the people we are with. We are influenced by our current situation. We are influenced by our education, whether formal or informal. The factors that influence our decisions are far greater than we often realize.

We do have a choice concerning those influencers. We can spend time educating ourselves, whether formal or informal. We can choose who we spend time with, whether in person or through movies, television, or internet. We have choices.

Since we have choices, how will we choose in the future? Will we choose to improve our decision-making process? The better choices we make regarding our influencers, the better our decisions will be. When we choose to do the proper thinking and research, we can make decisions that are better for us.

Why wouldn’t we choose to have the One who is in charge of all things be our guide? Jesus has had everything in His hands to control. The Father placed this world and all of us into Jesus’ hands. When we choose to follow Him and allow Him to be the major influence on our decisions, our decisions are better, and our lives are better. Perhaps we should put the advice of Carrie Underwood’s song, Jesus Take the Wheel into action.

I pray we all decide to allow Jesus to be our main influencer for all our decisions. I pray we take time to think and research each of our decisions. I pray each one of us will turn to God in prayer before making decisions. Put your life in Jesus’ hands. Trust Jesus with your whole being. Allow Jesus to guide your thoughts. Make your decisions based on Jesus’ teachings.

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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