The Power of Pre-Determined Decisions
Do you know that feeling of when you’re driving somewhere new and you’re running late for a really important meeting, or a dinner reservation you know you’ll lose if you don't get there on time? It’s stressful!! But then all of sudden you’re given a burst of confidence, because you googled the route before you left home and you know EXACTLY where you are going. That is the exact feeling when a tough situation arises, either at work, family or in your relationships, and you know exactly what to do and how to do it. There’s a moment of panic, followed by an energised confidence. This is the power of pre-determined decisions.
Good and bad things will happen to us and we can’t control this, but we can control how we respond to it. We can decide before we get to a situation how we will respond. This is the power that God has given us!
In Timothy, Paul is writing to his mentee and finishes all that he says to him with, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” - 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Paul is teaching Timothy that he should not forget in the dark what he has learnt in the light. It is exactly the same for us! Even when God feels far away from us, this doesn’t change what he has said to us. When we feel overwhelmed by life, we remember what he said to us and we declare that truth over our lives, rather than being dictated by our feelings.
Life can be full, but it’s never too busy too choose how we respond. In the past 6 months I have changed jobs, planned a wedding, moved out of home and got married. People make wedding planning seem extremely stressful, but I made a choice at the beginning to not be stressed by it. There were moments of feeling overwhelmed and fatigued at decisions, but I didn’t let that stress me out. It was a predetermined decision that I made, to not give the weight of a wedding control over how I responded. Peace is a promise of God when we walk with him, which meant I didn’t have to feel stressed because I had already decided to keep the Prince of Peace with me on the journey.
It doesn’t mean I don’t forget the power of these pre-determined decisions though! Sometimes life sweeps me up. But coming back to choosing how I respond, by standing firm on the promises of God helps me stay sane.
Let me encourage you today - We can’t choose WHAT happens to us, but we can choose HOW we let if affect us and those around us.
About Bek Hooper
Born and raised on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Bek is lover of lists, coffee, fine food, her world-class friends and incredible husband. She has a passion for people and to see them living their best life that God has created.