Our family made a big life change this year. Coming to a final decision was not easy. We labored over our choices, exploring our options, praying earnestly, and seeking Godly counsel. The months leading up to the decision were excruciating. I felt sick, not knowing the best option for our family in this season. Admittedly, I am an over-thinker. I think and think and think some more, turning the situation over in my mind a million different ways. I play out scenarios and look at the positives and the negatives, weighing each against the other.
Through this process, I was reminded that for us to make the best decisions for our families — or in life, really — three things need to be true about us — three separate components working in unity in our minds and hearts.
To make better decisions for our families, we need to be:
1. In the Word
The Bible is living and active, telling us not only what God has done in the past and what He has planned for the future, the Bible is God's Word — a very means in which God speaks to us!
Do you want to know God? Do you want to know His plan for you and for your family? Get in the Word!
Romans 12 tells us to be transformed by renewing our minds. We can do that by clinging to God's Word the Bible. We must allow God's Word – God's truth – to form our thoughts and guide our decisions.
Through His Word, God speaks to us and reveals His will for us. God uses the Bible to "teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT).
Spending time regularly in the Word of God will help us to make better decisions for our families.