Some decisions need to be considered, thought about, discussed and kicked around for a while before you receive clarity on what to do.
Not because they’re not important, but because you’ve considered the situation before it occurred. You’ve thought about it, discussed it and kicked it around before it was ever a possibility for you. You’ve spent time wrestling with it because it’s a part of your calling. It’s rooted in the core of what you were made to be and do.
When you come upon a predetermined crossroads, you’re free to make a quick decision. Not a snap decision, reckless and uncontrolled, but a calculated and confident decision. You’re released to embrace the moment that’s been laid before you, to act and advance, instead of retreating and reacting.
My family has a whole list of predetermined decisions…
- We know exactly what we have chosen to give before the offering bucket gets to us.
- We know how we will respond to a child in need of a family and a home.
- We know what we will choose if faced the choice of with fulfilling our calling or pleasing a friend.
- We know that we have been blessed with more than we need so that we can be a blessing to those with less than they need.
- We know that we will work hard at doing things no one else wants to do.
Because our family has talked through decisions like these before they need decided, we don’t hesitate when we get a phone call that a student needs a home for a few weeks. We don’t hesitate when a friend needs help. We don’t fall to the temptation of not giving to the Kingdom. We’re set free to live the life we were called to live.
What decisions have you predetermined the answer to?
What opportunities have your family planned for?
On April 29, 2012, I shared about one of our family’s predetermined decisions in a post titled “Jones Family Motto.”