Decisions are the catalyst that change everything. When a person changes their mind about a thing- it changes the trajectory of their lives. At my church, when someone has made a decision for Christ, and they get baptized, they receive a shirt that reads, "I have decided."
They have decided to follow Jesus. While this is a huge, life-altering decision, not every decision we make gets this much consideration. Many of our decisions are seemingly minuscule and inconsequential- but the myriad of small decisions we make in a day culminate together to rival some of our biggest life choices.
We make THOUSANDS of small decisions daily.
- Should I get out of bed?
- Should I work?
- Should I cook breakfast?
- Should I shower?
- Should I drive safely?
- Should I respond to this text?
- How should I respond to my husband?
- When should I respond to my whining child?
Opportunities to decide come relentlessly. We make so many in a day that we develop habits to overcome the overwhelm of the constant thinking required for all of these decisions. We don't think through EVERY single decision. At some point, we made a decision in the past, and it went well, so we settled into following those ruts so that we no longer have the stress of having to make that decision every single time. Our habits help us cope with the magnitude of the everyday.
Basically, we set our lives on auto-pilot, and we do this despite the fact that our habits (pre-decided decisions) change our lives.
Our habits don't just CHANGE our lives; they ARE our lives.Read More