Many of the routine decisions we make every day aren’t choices between evil and good. Sometimes we just must decide which path is better. Several times in Proverbs, God describes a “better” way. Take a look:
“Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.” (Proverbs 12:9)
“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.” (Proverbs 15:16)
“Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” (Proverbs 15:17)
“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.” (Proverbs 16:8)
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” (Proverbs 16:16)
“Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1)
“Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.” (Proverbs 19:1)
“It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.” (Proverbs 21:9)
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” (Proverbs 27:5)
Are you choosing what’s better?
Before we make decisions, it’s a good idea to ask some questions. These questions help us to make better choices and live with fewer regrets.
We might ask…
- Will this work?
- What will people think?
- How much will it cost me? Do I have time for it?
- Can I get away with it?
- Am I capable of doing this?
- Will it make me happy?
Questions like these are pretty useful tools when we make those choices. These are the sorts of questions that many really smart people rely on. I’d like to suggest that Christians should add another set of questions to their lists:
- How does God feel about this?
- Will it bring glory to God’s name or is this more about me?
- Am I helping others or am I just advancing my personal agenda?
- Is this truly wise?
- What eternal difference will this decision make?
- How will it affect my walk with God?
- Will this decision make it easier or harder for me to follow Jesus?
- Will this decision make it easier or harder for my family and friends to follow Jesus?
- Would Jesus make this decision?
- Is this the best use of the resources I’ve been entrusted with?
- How will this decision affect eternity?
It’s good for us to think strategically and long-term. It’s better for us to think with God’s perspectives.
What questions would you add to the list?