I’ve never met a person who enjoys failing & most of us avoid stuff that has a high risk for failing. But there are LOADS of people in the Bible who failed, took risks and some had tremendous successes – usually after they had overcome some significant failure hurdles. Some examples would include:
Jacob’s son, Joseph: failed with his brothers, but became 2nd in command to Pharoah in Egypt & rescued his family from famine
Jacob: tricked his brother & father, but went on to become “Israel” and the founder of the Twelve Tribes
Saul / Paul: gave hearty approval at Stephen’s martyrdom & became the largest contributing author to the New Testament in addition to founding the majority of early churches on two continents
When you fail, keep in mind some helpful perspectives:
failing is a verb, but failure is a noun: one can change but the other is more permanent
the greatest lessons often come from failing more than succeeding
failing can the essential fertilizer for redemption
no failure is beyond God’s power & love to transform into beauty, resurrection, abundance and divine success!
Lately, I’ve been facing some fairly tricky decisions & it’s been a little unsettling. Here are a few brief thoughts that have helped me:
gather helpful information – talk with others who have faced similar decisions to get their inputs, do some research, get smart
be aware of your own frame of mind – if you’re discouraged or in a place of euphoria, these perspectives have an impact on your thoughts and evaluation processes
analysis can become paralysis – sometimes analyzing and evaluating can be used to delay an actual decision; it can even happen that the results of indecision can be more damaging than the results of a wrong or bad decision
no analysis or evaluation can cross into “stupid land”, so be careful on this one
pray & listen: my experience is that my best decisions are made after I take the time & energy to ask God for His input & wisdom & then listen & listen well
Have you found other things to be helpful with decision making???