A List Maker's Life: Weighing the Options

Monday, June 29, 2009

Weighing the Options

I've never been famous for my decisiveness. In fact, if you ask anyone who knows me well they will probably tell you that I am great at throwing out the suggestions and letting someone else make the final decision.

Indecisiveness is not a good thing. We all know how long the meetings last when everyone keeps brainstorming and nothing is decided...

“It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” ~Rohn

“Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others.” ~Hopf

Lately, we have been weighing several issues. Lots of pros and cons have been considered. I've had to remind myself that all of these "earthly concerns" (as small as they are or as big as they may seem right now) really have very little eternal significance. Therefore, they really shouldn't be taking up this much of my time and thought energy. Decisions are necessary in order to move on!

Cruise: To go? or Not to Go?

School: To send? or Not to Send?

Hair: To grow? or Not to grow?

Swimsuit: To try on? or Not to try on?

House: To sell? of Not to sell?

What are you weighing?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6post signature


  1. When we were deciding on whether or not to send Jamison to Kindergarten, a friend of mine said something that really stood out to me. She said that "sometimes God doesn't have the answer of if we should go left or right, but as long as we are using Him in our decision, either direction will be fine." There are times when it's obvious that God is saying "go this way" but there are times when we just have to use our faith in Him and know that whatever the decision it will be OK. I hope that makes sense.

  2. Well said Kelli. I agree! Good luck!

  3. I feel ya Katie!

    I know that whatever you choose to do as long as you make God part of your decision things will work out.
    I know that you will make the right decision, I am at a small crossroads with the school issue too, and I am leaving it to God.

  4. I finally FINALLY (after like two years of struggling and re-defining boundaries) decided to leave my job, starting july 10. I was scared until I did it, but I KNOW it's what God was telling me to do, and frankly I was getting exhausted from making excuses with him, and being disobedient.

    And now I have a real sense of peace about the situation.

    So this is pretty much what everyone else said. Decision making doesn't HAVE to be burden. There might not be a right or wrong, but if you make God part of the decision, it will bring you peace once the decision is made.

    Indecision is NOT peaceful. :)

  5. I get like that too, but my decisions recently have been more like: Taco Bell or Burger King? LOL!

    Good luck with your decision making. I agree with the other posters, especially that indecision is not peaceful. That is so true.

  6. Cruise: Go

    School: Is this preschool or kinder?

    Hair: Not to Grow, seriously you've got 3 kids! Too much hair = too much time to deal with!

    Swimsuit: To try on, although you may have to "kiss" a lot of frogs before you find the perfect fit. But a good suit will make you feel great and get you out playing in the lakes with the kiddos.

    House: To sell, if you need a bigger one it doesn't hur to try putting it on the market. You can always decline offers or take it off in a bit.

  7. Awesome questions -

    go on the cruise if it will not put you in financial hardship, you only live once.

    put Gavin in to school (I had very low expectations for Alma and Reeths Puffer but was very happy with the outcome, mostly because I was very involved) - you will not have to worry about the length of your hair otherwise because you will be pulling it out

    swimsuit- wear one you love the style/pattern of, get a fun cover up for traveling to and from and know that most everyone else really isn't paying any attention anyway (my mantra: confidence starts from within),

    wait to sell the house until the market turns around - you have done SO much to that wonderful little house that to sell it for less would be a shame (especially if you have to start over on a fixer-upper).

    I am weighing sending Lilly to preschool... is it a worthy cost and do I want to make two additional trips (walking) twice a week to school in the freezing snow? Also, do I pursue a job opportunity that will bring a great financial return but comes with a huge personal sacrifice.

    Great post today!!! Love, love, love the quotes.

  8. Thank you for this post today! It spoke to me as I weigh my own options in life.


  9. Here's to all the great advice you've always given me! I KNOW you'll make the right decisions. Keep up the faith my dear friend. I'll be praying for your peace of mind.

  10. I feel you...great post Katie..

  11. Thanks again for sharing your heart with us! Love you and praying for you!


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