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Discerning Together

Most decisions take more than one perspective. They come from a rich flow of input pouring out of people with very different backgrounds and approaches to the problem at hand. I think that is one of the reasons that God gave us the Church. He knew that participating in the forward march of the Kingdom would require us to take bold action in ways that were not understood by those outside of The Way. We would lack the confidence to make the decisions we needed to all on our own.

So the Church brings together people from all different personalities, walks of life and perspectives. God is at work in each person and is helping them to grow closer to Himself as they respond in obedience to their Savior.

It is in this rich environment that we Christians find ourselves placed. God calls us to discern what is right as we look to Him, study His word and work it out in community. We cannot discern His will completely without this holy input from those He has put in our midst.

Just today I found myself experiencing this very thing. One person in our community had been confronted with a decision. She wisely realized that it was not hers to make alone and brought it to a group of people who were part of the narrative. As we prayed, discussed and questioned together, an answer formulated. We left our time together feeling much more confident in what had to be done and I truely felt God’s direction in our decision.

I worry that this part of discernment is often being ignored today. We value the decision that comes from a mountain-top experience or a gut-level intuitive response much more than a decision that comes out of community. The individuality of most decisions almost ensures that they will be lopsided and out of balance.

Do you value making decisions with others? Do you see their input as part of God’s communication to you in the process?

If you have looked to a group to seek discernment, I would love to hear the story of how God used the experience.

The Evidence of Insight

How do you know when someone has made a brilliant guess or a well-thought out decision? They might look just the same from the outside but underneath, the process of achieving each would have been very different. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with making well-placed guesses based on intuition. In fact, many times that is what must be done. But I would like to look for a moment at some of the evidences of a decision thoughtfully considered.

1. Witnesses: People will know about your thinking before the decision is public. Why is that? Simply put, a thoughtful decision usually involves getting input from friends, experts, mentors and the like.

2. Options: In most decisions that have been considered in depth, there will have been several options that were tested and prayed through before the final choice was made.

3. Situations: Insight draws heavily from the real-life situations going on around the area of decision.

4. Passion: If the decision is important then there will be passionate opinions working their way into the process. These passions represent vision, ambition, excitement and desire to make a difference.

5. Information: When a well-thought out decision is being made, the actors will have quality information to guide their thinking.

Now that I have laid out these seemingly obvious evidences of good decision-making, consider a decision you are wrestling through. Are these things present? If so, list them out so you can see them at work. If not, ask yourself why and what you are going to do about it!