With Jon Vallier

Two Truths to Great Decisions


To sign or not to sign, that was the question. Over the past few weeks I've been faced with several large decisions and we all know how tough choices can wear you down. Do you sign that contract? Do you engage in that conflict? Do you bring him on your team? Major decisions will find you and if you don't have some tools in your belt for dealing with them, you can be left with a coin-toss decision wondering what will happen next. The old advice from The Godfather to “leave the gun, take the cannoli” can only get you so far. The resulting anxiety from the unknowns of potentially life-altering decisions can drain your tank in no time at all. How do we deal with this? One famous verse in the Bible that has always helped me in these moments is found in Paul's letter to the Philippians. It says... 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).

Two of the most helpful truths in the world are found right here. First, God is in control. Why pray if God can't or won't do anything? However, since He can and will do something, then I can trust Him and know that even if I blow it, He's in control. Second, I can choose. Just because I ask God to do something doesn't mean I stop choosing. In fact, I choose with greater confidence and freedom than ever. The result is peace, less anxiety in life, and an attitude of gratitude. What more could I ask for? This becomes all the more important when I make the wrong decision. Think about that. If you can have peace after making the wrong decision, then that indeed is a peace that surpasses all understanding. That kind of decision-making freedom is remarkable in a world paralyzed by a fear of failure and rejection. The knowledge that God welcomes you in with a promise to be with you even in the wrong decisions can’t be beat. The fact that He goes beyond that to care about our choices and offers us peace if we surrender to Him in the decision-making process is more than we could ask for. What wouldn’t we give for that kind of peace as we sign on the bottom-line?

Jonathan Vallier