Thinking Things Through

What do you do when those spur of the moment things happen?  You know those things that make you make a snap decision.  If you do this thing that way then the outcome will be totally different then if you had chosen another way to react.  Sometimes, those heat of the moment decisions change the path of your life.  Other times, when you look back on the incident you think I really should have done the first thing I thought of.

The difference between the two, one you are making a snap judgment, not thinking about what the outcome would be.  The other is reflecting on what you have done.  Everyone needs to take that time to think things through.  Pray about your pathway.  Ask for guidance in the direction you should go.  When your friends and family give advice, tell you that you really should do it this way or do it that way; stop, catch your breath, shut out the voices and just think about it.

Is the event something that has been repeated over and over too many times to count?  Have you changed the way you respond to that event in any way?  If you have reacted the same way ever time, maybe it isn’t the event that needs to change but the way that you react.  One of the things that I have learned in the last couple years is that I cannot change anyone else but me.

I am not responsible for the way another person acts or reacts or even doesn’t react.  I am responsible for me and my reaction.  So if whatever has triggered a spur of the moment decision does not stop me in my tracks and make me Think Things Through, then I sometimes regret the decisions I make.

I am not saying that you have to live with abuse, violence, or physical threats just because it will cause you to have to make a snap decision.  Those things to me would make me have a snap decision in a split minute.  They are not allowed in my life period.  The decision I made would probably not make the other person very happy, but  I have learned that I am important.  I have a reason that I was created.  I was put on this earth to be cherished, loved, and treasured.  I am a child of God created in his own image.  That makes me special.  Guess what so are you.

No matter where your feet are planted on this earth, they were planted there for a reason.  Whether you are to show a child how to write his ABC’s or a teenager to drive a car, or an elderly person how to use a computer; you are right where you are supposed to be.  You just may be the person that was planted in the path of the person that causes you the greatest torment simply to show them the pathway to a different life.  The light that is shining out of you, can light the world.

Just don’t throw that relationship or friendship away without thoroughly thinking through your decision.  Words said in haste and harshness are some of the most difficult things to take back.  The words that are said may be true, but sometimes forgiveness for those words is very hard to come by.  That saying “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but Words will never hurt me” can’t be farther from the truth.  I think some of the most difficult parts of writing my story is remembering the hurtful words that were said to me and by me.

When I get too stressed and am on the verge of making a snap decision about a situation, I stop and repeat my life verse:  “Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Just that little bit of stopping, taking a deep breath and repeating that verse can sometimes stop me in my tracks and help me to Think Things Through.

Here’s to your stopping and thinking things through too.

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