Well, tonight I observed a similar battle in my eldest son. He was wrought with indecision over whether to stay home and eat dinner at home or whether to come with me to the YMCA, wait until I finished my class, and then take me out to dinner with a gift card he had won in a school contest. He went back and forth over and over again in a chaotic painful motion. He was torn between spending time with me, but at the risk of a boring wait and late night, and being in the comfort of his home, but at the risk of eating a dinner that wasn't his favorite. Poor guy!
Zac comes by this indecision fairly honestly. Just ask my husband, my sister, my mom, or anyone else who knows me well, and they will tell you that decision making is not my strong suit. It is not as simple as that, however. There are varying degrees of decisions that need to be made and, with that, varying degrees of decision making skill. Some decision making is far easier for me than others. I will, however, save that discussion for another day...maybe a rainy one.
I'm not sure why it is decision making is so difficult. However, I have learned something over the years about this thorny process. I do much better when I realize the following:
- Most often, I can make a good decision. The outcome will be fine. No need to panic.
- Most often, there are two good choices and either one can lead to a good result in my life. Unless, of course the choice is between blatantly wrong and obviously good stuff - then, of course, there really is no decision that needs to be made. The answer would then be clear.
- Most often, I will feel better once the decision is made and stuck to.
- Most often, everyone around me will feel better once the decision is made.
- If I am asking for God's input in the decision and trying to follow Him, He is likely pleased when I finally make a decision. It means that I trust Him in my life and with the decisions I make in an attempt to honor Him. He is big enough to help turn my decisions into good outcomes.
More decisions need to be made tomorrow...and the day after that. Hopefully he won't tumble back and forth quite as hard as he did tonight. Hopefully along the way, he will learn some of the things I have about making those decisions. And, hopefully, he will advance enough to grab a hold of the shore and rest for awhile with a decision that has been made.