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Don't dance in a butter tub!

I like to watch DIY or renovation shows. I have seen that there is a problem that is hard on the person doing the remodeling. So many owners can't make up their minds or keep changing their minds about what they want. It makes me want to shake the homeowners and say, "Would you just shut up and follow the direction of the professional so they can make your home as beautiful as they have made all the other homes they have done? That's why you hired them in the first place, right?"

So why do we have a hard time being decisive? First and foremost we are usually afraid we will make the WRONG decision. We need to assure ourselves that even wrong decisions can be really good learning tools. It took Edison 100 times of wrong decisions before he found the right filament for his light bulb. Most decisions aren't life and death issues.

But we do need to make as good a decision as possible, so do some research before you decide. You'll educate yourself on options available, and find what lasts longest or has the best money value. Most salesmen try to push quick decisions, so I always give myself some time to think about it first. They will say there is a special price, but only today. It will be gone by tomorrow. I've found most salespersons want to sell any day of the week and there are often ways they can get you that price on another day. Or there may be a new or even better price offer a few days down the line.

To overcome the fear that you will have to live with the wrong decision, remember most things can be changed at a later date if you find you really hate what you chose. Or you might find you like it better than you thought you would.

Now, when it comes to life choices like marriage, morals, and character, God has some very specific information in the Bible about those. The wise person makes choices in alignment with that instruction. But even the choice of a career can be changed down the road, and usually what you learned from the other career has some positive influence on the new one.

So don't fear and then, as my mother used to say, "dance around in a butter tub" (slip and slide with a lot of movement but not get anywhere).

  1. Check out the situation with some research and not only on Google. Ask some people who have been there, done that, and it turned out pretty well.

  2. Compare all decisions to the guidelines in the Bible. If you don't know where to find those you can start by reading the book of Proverbs, as well as the book of Matthew chapters 5-7 just for starters.

  3. Realize this decision may not be a life and death one. So it's not really that big a deal if you don't get it quite right the first time.

  4. Be wise enough to admit a wrong choice and change it.

But for goodness sake, make a decision and get on with your life!

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