Like most people, you want to make sure you are choosing the right path when making big decisions. The bigger the decision the more that is involved. This can cause fear as you do not want to cause damage by making the wrong decision.

Throughout life, you will have to make quite a few big decisions; where to go to college, whom to marry, and even whether or not to accept that job offer in another city.

Most recently, my wife and I have wrestled with her not working full-time so she could devote more of her time to our children. Many people have wrestled with this decision before, and I think this is a decision the couple has to make.  For us, I knew that was Christa’s dream to be a stay at home mom.

With this desire came many other questions. When is the right time? How will this affect the future? How will this change our finances? When, if ever, will we pull the trigger?

Craig Groeschel once said, “The decisions we make today, determine the stories we tell tomorrow.”

I wonder if we could rephrase it as, “the big decisions we make today determine the big stories that we tell tomorrow.”

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With all the thoughts, questions, doubts, and concerns that can come with making big decisions, there are things that can help make the process less overwhelming.

1. Information.

  • Adequate information

Growing up my pastor told me you needed two things when making a decision; adequate information was one of them.

When making a decision, you need to consider the different types of cost involved: opportunity cost, monetary cost, time cost, and consequential cost.

  • Accurate information

The other thing my pastor growing up told that I needed when making a decision was accurate information. It goes without saying that we have a plethora of information in this day and age, but not all of it is truly accurate.

Do your needed due diligence before making a big decision and make sure that the information you have is correct.

2. Clarity.

You need to be clear on what you want in life, especially if you want to make big decision-making more fruitful. If you are looking for something to help you have better clarity in your life, I encourage you to create a life plan.

The questions to ask is what decision will lead me to my desired outcome.

3. Wisdom.

As a person of faith, I always want to try to have God’s wisdom when I making a large decision. Take a look at what Jesus’s brother James said, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” This is my starting point when it comes to wisdom.”

You should also seek wisdom from your spouse, family, trusted counselors, mentors, and books.

From our life plan, Christa and I knew that one of our desired outcomes was for her to be able to devote her time to our children.

I would love to know what other ways you use to you make big decisions.