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Biblical Character Development -- Decisiveness (Part 4)

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In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will conclude our look at the quality of decisiveness from "The Power for True Success" by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

The Apostle Paul decided that it was worth it for him to suffer temporal loss and to give up earthly comforts in order to gain spiritual blessings and eternal rewards. In Philippians 3:8, he wrote, "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

The little decisions we make now determine the big decisions we will make later. Little choices determine character, which will dictate future responses to difficult situations. Those who avoid decision-making ultimately decide to let circumstances and others make decisions for them.

Decisiveness is focusing on the destination, rather than focusing on distractions. The more clearly we define our goals, the more skilled we can be in making wise decisions. Paul expressed determination in order to stick by his decisions. He said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

We build decisiveness when we refuse to reconsider a decision that we know is right. David Livingstone said, "I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose."

Finally, consider the Four Ds of Decision Making from Dr. Glen Heck:

1. DON’T—If it is the responsibility of others, let them do it.

2. DELAY—If it can be done at a better time, then wait.

3. DELEGATE—If others can do it better, let them.

4. DO IT—If none of the above apply, do it!