The Sum of All Our Decisions

We live in a world of decision making. One way to describe life is that life is the sum of all our decisions. From our earliest remembrances until our death bed, we are decision makers.

While we can think that we have a myriad of options, in reality we only have two. There are two roads to travel and two ways to make decisions.

James, the brother of our Lord, talked expansively about wisdom and decisions. He recognized that we all need wisdom. He also recognized that we need the wisdom from above. He encouraged believers to seek the wisdom that comes from God. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).

Notice how James spoke about asking God for wisdom. He speaks confidently that the person who asks will receive. He affirms that God gives wisdom generously and without blame or reproach. Later in this same letter to dispersed Christians, James described the wisdom that is earthly and demonic and the wisdom that comes from above.

That wisdom which is our own without benefit of God’s guidance produces like kind. It produces bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. It is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. It produces its own kind.

But the wisdom that comes from the Father above is pure, peaceable, gentle, and open to reason. It is full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:13-18). This godly wisdom brings godly actions.

We all get to decide, and we have to choose. Will we follow God and His ways or the ways of the world and selfishness? The kind of decision you make will determine the kind of life you live.

Wise and discerning people will choose to let God be their guide through life, showing them where to walk and which direction to take. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ ” (Isaiah 30:21).


  1. Mark Graham
    Jun 28, 2018

    Thanks Waylon. I recently heard or read an interesting statement: “Most people seem to be determined by their mind rather than determining their mind.” This seems to be true. We have a strong tendency to be determined by our stories–what we tell ourselves–unconsciously–about our self based on our history and mostly unconscious beliefs. If we start paying attention to our minds we may be shocked at how much useless or harmful stuff is passing through there. And when we start thinking Biblically–allowing our minds to be renewed–we discover the ongoing wonderful transformation that our souls had always desired and needed. Romans 12:2. We start living consciously in the Spirit rather than being driven unconsciously by the baser impulses of the flesh/world. This is the pathway of love [as Jesus commanded], joy, peace and abundant life [as He promised}. But this means nothing unless it becomes a personal, internally experienced Reality.
    Thanks again Waylon and much love and continued blessings to you and Martha and all your folks [which are many!]

    • Waylon
      Jun 29, 2018

      Thanks, Mark. This is great “counsel”

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