Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Peace is the Umpire!

I recently discovered a new decision-making process. It seemed so practical - so I tucked the thought away in my mind. 

A few days later, I read confirmation from the word! So, I used this method and it worked! 

Let me share it with you: 

This is the formula I found for decisions you need to make; or opportunities to consider. 

Step One: 

Write out the decision you need to make in your journal or on a notepad.

Step Two:

How do you feel when you think about accepting the opportunity? Think about saying “Yes, I'm going to do this”. Write out how this thought makes you feel.

Step Three:

How do you feel when you think about not accepting that opportunity, not going forward? Write out how you feel when you consider just backing off and saying “No, I’m not going to do this”.

Step Four:

Which of those decisions brought you peace when you considered your answer?

My daily Bible reading brought me the following confirmation to use with these steps!

Colossians 3:15 GNT

The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful.

Look at the AMPC version:

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

What a great Word! 

Recently, I had a situation arise and I used this process.

When I thought about accepting the opportunity, I felt great peace. I felt excitement. I felt favor and blessing for even having the opportunity opened to me.

But when I thought about not accepting this opportunity, and not going forward, I felt funny in my stomach. I felt disappointment and loss.

So, when I read the scripture that the Peace of God is given to me to guide me in decision-making, well, I was overjoyed!

Why didn't I see that before?

The peace of God surpasses understanding! He is already in our future.

He's already there. So he can let us know through His peace whether to accept, decline, say yes or no, go forward, or stand still.

We can allow His peace to guide us, and act as an umpire, deciding and settling with finality, all questions that arise in our mind. I love finding nuggets like this as I read and study the Word!

PS - Don’t forget to BE THANKFUL!

I am so thankful today to have PEACE as the UMPIRE of all decisions I have to make!