Wise Decisions - Friday's Dose - 11th January 2013

Friday's Dose - 11th January 2013

Wise Decisions

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. - Genesis 3:6.

A company had moved me 350 miles, and I was excited to be in my first week of working with them. However, my back needed attention because of all the heavy lifting I'd been doing trying to settle in my new home.

A chiropractor was just around the corner—about a half mile away—from my office. With permission from my supervisor, I made an emergency appointment in the
middle of the workday.

Upon leaving the chiropractor's office, I faced making a left turn onto a busy four-lane highway to get back to my office. The other option was making a right turn and going around the block, which was usually a good choice in in my previous home town. After waiting a couple of minutes for an opening in the traffic, I decided to turn right.

I drove nearly a mile before realizing that decision was a mistake. There was no place to turn around, and the streets meandered around hills and along the river with no shoulder to give me a stopping place. Every time I saw a place to turn right, the road went up a hill too steep for my little car. Several miles later, I was in downtown traffic, still looking for my first right turn.

I did make it back to the office that day apologetic for my unwise decision to turn right instead of left.

We usually make decisions based on intellect or emotion. My decision was an emotional one because I didn't feel like waiting any longer for a break in traffic. It was not an intellectual decision because I had no map and no way to evaluate my decision before acting on it. Looking back, I would have saved hours had I waited just a few minutes more and taken that left turn instead.

The Woman in the garden also made an unwise choice. She, too, desired wisdom and to know the taste of the fruit. Her decision was based on the wrong idea that she needed this wisdom and to taste this fruit.

My decision and that of the Woman in the garden were both based on irrational decisions. They were not thought out. They were impulsive and emotional.

Weighing facts with how much or why we want something helps us make decisions we can later live with. We can over-think choices and make a wrong decision, or we can become too emotionally involved and forget to consider the facts. When we want to do something, we need to examine the consequences of each choice. Or, if someone provides all the facts and it looks favorable, then we need to decide if the choice interests us.

When we use both our brain and our heart, we make better choices.

Prayer: Our Merciful and Loving God, Help us remember to use both mind and heart to make wise decisions. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."
Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team