Making Wise Decisions
Over the last 15 days I have been praying for the same thing: wisdom. I am not sure if you have ever been in a spot where you needed more wisdom than you had. I find that leadership will always put you in those places. Wisdom does not come naturally with the job. It is discovered, developed and discerned.
Scripture declares, “Walk with the wise and become wise …” (Proverbs 13:20). When you rub shoulders with wise people their wisdom rubs off on you. I never want to be the smartest person in the room. To be honest, I usually am not!
GUARD YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Check your relational circles. Not everyone in your life should be speaking into your life. Be very careful who you allow into close relationship with you. They can distract you from making wise choices. Get around smarter, better and more gifted people.
FILTER WHAT YOU HEAR BY THOSE WHO HAVE DONE IT.
If someone has not done what you are doing or are about to do don’t take their advice. I know this sounds pretty harsh, but how can someone tell you how to be a better parent if they are not a parent at all? I don’t ask advice on church planting or pastoring from people who have NEVER done it. The same should be true in every arena.
DON’T ASK FOR INPUT FROM UNWISE SOURCES.
This rolls with the above, but is a bit different. Just because someone has done something does mean they have done it well. I learned this principle years ago: “Never believe someone’s own press release.” People will always make themselves and what they do sound better than what they really are. Make sure to vet your sources of advice.
CONSULT GOD FIRST.
I know this sounds so simple, but there are so many people who consult God after the fact. He is the source of all wisdom. And when God speaks to you do not apologize for listening to Him.
I have discovered that there are two types of wisdom: (1) Experiential and (2) Supernatural. Experience is a great teacher – whether your own experiences or knowledge from someone else. But supernatural wisdom is from a higher source – it is beyond you. That’s the wisdom I am praying for – supernatural, from God wisdom. The only way to get supernatural wisdom is with spiritual ears; listening for His voice and direction.