Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Decisions, Decisions

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Decisions, Decisions

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A Christian Science perspective.

"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind." A pithy and humorous observation. But vacillating between two choices - especially those involving right and wrong - is common. And it's no laughing matter.

Indecisiveness often paralyzes us. It can sap our productivity and undermine our confidence. So what does it take to overcome chronic, or occasional, indecision? I've found that persistent prayer overcomes all forms of hesitation, instability, and confusion. It's actually natural for each of us to think and act in Godlike ways, to express a spiritual sense of authority any time there's a decision to be made.

According to the scriptural record, man - meaning both men and women - is God's crowning creation, made in His image (see Genesis 1). As the image of God, we are inseparable from Him. And because He is the source of all good and only good, we can trust Him with our questions about what to do. Understanding this anchors our thought, replacing uncertainty with spiritual resolve.

This resolve is not a "just do it!" act of will. Willpower has its source in the same set of assumptions that can lead to wavering or hesitancy - the belief that we are mortal beings who can see only parts of the picture. That we are mistake-prone or that we lack a solid foundation for decisionmaking. When we think along those lines, leaving God out of the equation, even the best intentions can lead to poor choices or broken resolutions.

Truly decisive thinking subordinates human willfulness to a humble admission that God can and does guide us. It's a joyous expectation that we will know how to hear and follow His direction. The prophet Isaiah promises, "Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (30:21). …

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