No one ever woke up in the morning and said — I think I will make some bad decisions today. The truth is we all make bad decisions. I have often said that if I could go back and remake five decisions, it would change the outcomes of my life dramatically.
The often quoted axiom goes like this — How do you learn to make good decisions? By making bad decisions. Every time I hear this I think — this is terrible. A wrong decision can be very costly. Is it really worth the price to be able to make better decisions? I would respond with a resounding, YES! The ability to make better decisions in the future is of inestimable worth.
Poor decisions come about for a variety of reasons. I would argue that at the end of the day it all gets back to one thing — a failure to love. The essence of God’s love is found in I Corinthians 13:
“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
The Bible is very clear — God is love. The commission we have been given in Ephesians 4 is to “be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.”
In this regard love and wisdom are directly connected. Wise decisions always flow out of loving actions and attitudes. So, making a bad decision opens a door to the potential of being a more wise and loving person. It is a great example of energy transformation — “all things working together for good for those who love God.” God’s plan is to redeem all things including our bad decisions along the way — and in the process, transform us into the image of Christ.
Church Development Cohort
March 13-15 a dozen pastors representing eight churches gathered at Vineyard Church in Baton Rouge. Jon Maurer, pastor of Vineyard Baton Rouge, invited the participants to join him for a time of interaction and learning about leading a healthy church. Jon gave me an opportunity to teach on Tuesday. I did a session to overview Natural Church Development. The following day I taught a session on the Trinitarian compass. I was very pleased to have this opportunity. What I shared seemed well received. I was able to use my spiritual gifts to help build the church — what is better than that?
Delores and I often reflect on the privilege we have to work at our calling. We appreciate the part you have played in our journey.
Scott, for the two of us