As faith leaders it’s crucial to make Christ centered decisions. This is because the small and big decisions we make have a significant impact on the future. Author Tony Robbins says, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” I have found 7 practical ways a leader can make the best Christ centered decisions. The amount of time spent in implementing these steps depends on the size and risk factor of the decision. It’s important to remember small decisions are made more quickly than bigger ones. Here are the 7 practical ways a leader can make Christ centered decisions:
1. Actively pray- Before making a decision a leader should take time praying about it, no matter the size. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly].” When you are persistent in praying about the decisions, you give God permission to reveal the best choice.
2. Consider fasting- If your having a difficult time making the best decision then consider fasting. Fasting is simply taking something you regularly do and replacing it with praying and seeking God. For example instead of eating a meal you can take that time to seek God and allow Him to speak to you about the decision.
3. Biblically based- It’s essential for leaders to make Biblically based decisions. When the decision is aligned with the Word of God the leader can be confident they are making the decision with integrity. Barbara Jordan said, “It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.” It’s the “reason” from the Bible that leads to making the right decision.
4. Write it down- A practical step in making the right decision comes from writing a pros and cons list. This can provide clarity of the risks, benefits, and potential outcome from making the decision. It can paint a clear picture about the situation.
5. Get Advice- The advice from others can provide a leader with insights into the decision. It can allow you to gain an outside perspective which can reveal aspects you might have overlooked or not considered. It’s essential a leader gets advice for big decisions.
6. Sleep on it- This gives you more time to consider and think about the best decision. Sleeping on it can provide you with a clear mind and the ability to think rationally about the decision.
7. Be God led- Allow God to guide and direct your decision. This can be a challenge because so often we can be led to make the decision solely or from popular opinions. This is why it’s important to take time to seek God and ask for His advice. The advice from others can be very beneficial but it should not be placed above God’s leading.
After you have applied these steps the next step is to make the decision and take ownership of the outcome. The next time you make a decision remember the words of Mike Singletary, “One thing I want you to understand is if I make a decision, it’s my decision.”
Questions: How do you make Christ centered decisions? Can you add to the list?