But I wonder, do you share my decision-making disorder? Decision Fatigue. Don’t you appreciate that they’ve named it? Makes it sound Real. Diagnosed. Understandable.
Decision Fatigue “refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual, after a long session of decision making.” (Wikipedia)
Decision Fatigue leads to making poor choices. Or not making any. But then that’s called Decision Avoidance. Maybe that’s what I have, most often.
Too many choices! I JUST CAN’T!
Truth is, I was born with it. Partly because I was born in America, but more than that, my Myers-Briggs explanation mentions it. And then there’s the DISC profile.
We took a version of the DISC which measures how decisive, interactive, steady, and cautious a person tends to be. I scored next to nil for Decisive. Ninety-something percent on the other end–Cautious.
My husband is the opposite, of course. 99% Decisive, hardly any caution. As a business owner, even Mr. Decisive experiences Decision Fatigue sometimes. It doesn’t help for me to remind him he was made for it, that even his DISC profile says so. He’s American too.
Yesterday morning, let’s see…I made the decision to sleep a little longer. To swallow a tiny pill. To let my children track old fashioned rolled oats across the kitchen. To walk downstairs and add milk and blueberries to their bowls myself. I made the decision to make my bed pretty again, to let my hair go a day without washing, to fold towels and hold my boys accountable for “forgetting” to switch the laundry. I’m only getting started.
I made the decision to shut the door, to sit in my black and white corner chair, to open the Word and open a book and enter into the secret place with Jesus.
I made the decision to review my highlights from the beginning of the book I’m working through, and that’s where I made the decision to read this line:
“This present world system is strategically designed to squeeze out your time and energy for the secret place.” ~Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place
“Hell will do everything in its power,” it says.
Later, I was just innocently going about my day, making hundreds of tiny decisions and a few big ones, when I ran into this verse:
I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
The Word is full of things to decide, and decide daily.
But mostly, it’s full of encouragement to choose life, to live.
To look one way, and look the other, and don’t make the poor choice. Don’t make poor choices that will lead you back around the wrong way.
And that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the LORD is your life.
Hell will do everything in its power to keep you from drawing near to God. But you hold the power to decide to go to Him anyway. And that’s not even to mention the power that is ours (as believers) through Christ.
Love the Lord your God.
Listen to His voice.
Hold fast to Him.
That may be as far as you get, but that may also be all that’s truly needed.
Love. Listen. Hold. Choose.
*This has been another Five Minute Friday post, with the prompt: DECIDE. Find out more about Five Minute Fridays here!