Coke or Dr Pepper? Fries or Onion Rings? You make thousands of decisions each day. Most are minor and will not have a major impact on your life.
Major Decisions in Life Take Time
How about major decisions? What are some methods you should use to make a decision that can have serious consequences on your future? Experts offer a variety of recommendations, such as conducting a cost/benefit analysis, listing out the pros and cons of each option or even just going with your gut instinct on what is the right thing to do.
High School Seniors are currently making or have already made the choice of where to go to college. This decision-making process includes gathering information about potential schools, analyzing data, asking lots of questions and listening to the influence of family and friends. Much time is spent doing research and pondering the options.
Spur-of-the-Moment Decisions Can Have Consequences
Taking the time to make an important decision is great. But what about those decisions you have to make on the spur of the moment?
Some years ago, I was traveling with a coworker on business, and we ended up at a fancy hotel in Dallas. It just so happened that Mary Kay cosmetics was having their annual convention at that hotel during this time. That evening after business, Mike and I were headed up to our rooms. As we got on the elevator, a couple of the Mary Kay ladies also got on the elevator. One of them invited us up to their room for a few drinks. I quickly declined the offer. After we stepped off the elevator Mike looked at me like I was crazy and said, “You sure made that decision quickly.” I told him, “No, I made that decision eight years earlier when I got married.” You see, right then, on that elevator, was not a good time to try and think about all the consequences of a poor decision.
Spring Break is Approaching: Make Choices Now
Students, you need to make decisions on how you will handle certain situations ahead of time. Spring Break is fast approaching. Traveling down the road at 70 mph with your buddies, music cranked up, adrenaline flowing: that is NOT a good time to try to make a split-second decision on what you will say when somebody offers you alcohol or drugs. Go ahead and plan your excuse and your answer now. Think about it this way: if I find myself in this position, what will I say? Consult with somebody you trust, who will not be one of those who pressures you, and discuss these decisions with them. Have them help you consider the pros and cons of the choice.
Historians tell a story about how President Ronald Reagan learned the need for decision making early in his life. A kindly aunt had taken him to a cobbler to have a pair of shoes custom-made for him. The shoemaker asked, “Do you want a round toe or a square toe?” Young Ronald hemmed and hawed, so the cobbler said, “Come back in a day or two and tell me what you want.” A few days later the cobbler saw young Reagan on the street and asked what he had decided about the shoes. “I haven’t made up my mind,” Reagan answered. “Very well,” said the cobbler. “Your shoes will be ready tomorrow.” When Reagan got the shoes, one had a round toe and the other a square toe. Said Reagan, “Looking at those shoes every day taught me a lesson. If you don’t make your own decisions, somebody else makes them for you.” (Source: Albert P. Stauderman’s Let me Illustrate: Stories and Quotations for Christian Communicators, 1983)
Enjoy Spring Break, But Don’t Make a Costly Decision
We at SMA want all of our students to have a great Spring Break and enjoy a time of rest and relaxation away from school. We also want to encourage our students to stay safe, make good decisions and return to campus after the break, ready to finish out the year well. Don’t let a spur-of-the moment decision become a costly one when the finish line for this school year is in sight.
And remember that God is always there to help us make the right decision if we will only let Him: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)
–By Bear Bryant, Webmaster