One of the advantages of engaging in the “One Anothers” is that it delivers us from isolationism and puts us into community. God never intended for us to process life, alone; he wants us to be engaged with others. Here are some thoughts about how community can help us make wise decisions (particularly #3).

In our cars, we may spend 90% of our time going straight, but it’s the turns that determine where we end up. So be careful about the “turns” you make in life. Before you make a life-changing decision, do four things:

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1. Pray – If God is God and man is man, to live our life without prayer is very foolish. The Bible says, “If you lack wisdom, ask God.”   
2. Slow down and think carefully – Some people put more thought into what car to buy than in who they will marry or what job they will take. You can always trade your car in for another model; other decisions are more difficult to reverse. The Bible says, “Consider your ways.”
3. Ask others – All of us are smarter than one of us. Ask your friends for advice, or find someone who has already solved your problem or been where you’re thinking of going. The Bible says “There is wisdom with many counselors.”
4. Trust your gut instinct – Pilots are taught to pay careful attention to what are called “leemers” – the vague feeling that something isn’t right, even if it’s not clear why. Having a label for those feelings legitimizes them and makes pilots less likely to dismiss them. The Bible says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”

Written by Don McMinn, Ph.D. — July 08, 2014

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