How to Stop Making Rotten Decisions

Making decisions is a big part of life.

Some of the decisions are momentous, others are trivial, but no day passes without making them. A lot of them.

Some people have the good fortune of making brilliant decisions.

They bought a house before the housing bust, and now it’s paid for, and they avoided foreclosure. Not so for the other schlemiels.  

They married the girl the shadhan picked out, and years later, they’re more in love than ever.   

Nothing is more satisfying than good decisions. If only they could all have been ours.

But…our history of decision-making is sketchy at best.

Honestly, some of those choices were flat-out awful.

Like that dream home we couldn’t resist when the housing market was at its height. Now we’re under water snorkeling with the fish afraid we might be sleeping with them soon.   

We married the person our mothers and fathers said was no good, only to discover he was a fiend or unfaithful or flat-out a failure and left us with the condo, the mortgage, and the kids.

Bad decisions ruin us financially and emotionally.

They scar the kids and now they’re in therapy.

They break up a marriage.

Bad decisions may destroy your money, your career and even your friends.

That’s not good.

On the other hand, they also strip away your security blanket, and cause you to reflect.

That’s better.

They also lead you to wonder if there’s a better way to live.

That’s great!

Because there is!

God knows all about your bad choices and He still loves you.

He also knows you need help.

Not just from the consequences of your choices, but to stop the hideous habit altogether.

You see, those choices are symptoms of a bigger problem. It’s called sin. And it’s responsible for the mess in all our lives.

“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God,
They have all turned aside,
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good, no, not one.” – Psalm 14:2-3 (NKJV)

But God has fixed our sin problem. He gave us his Son Jesus (Y’shua) who lived a perfect life for us and died in our place on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” – Psalm 32: 1-2 (NIV)

So with that kind of encouragement, are you ready to make the best decision of your life?

Believe what the Messiah has done for you and then let God welcome you into his family.

It’s a decision with eternal rewards which you’ll never regret.

If you have made that decision today, would you let us know by leaving a comment?

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Matt Sieger

Awesome! This is a great message.

Louise Silver

Loved your article. I made a decision for Christ when I was 15 and I have NEVER regretted it. Sometimes believers forget to "thank God in all things". Because God does not control people's thinking and choices, He cannnot interfere and protect believers from all suffering. But He can use the pathways of suffering to bring us to a place where prayers can be answered. We see this in Genesis, where Joseph tells his brothers (who had been on the point of starvation) "I see it was not you...but God who brought me save your lives, by a great deliverance."

carolyne rohrig

Dear Louise,

Thank you for your kind comments. We appreciate readers like you who take the time to share your thoughts with us. I, too, have never regretted knowing Jesus. He's worth the rejection and suffering we sometimes go through because we belong to Him.

The Lord bless your day!


I made the same decions as a young man and as I got older.{even though my daddy was dead at age 12 and mom working 2 jobs.It has been a long tough road and I have learned the lesson .It was once mentioned in a youth group I was with back in late 1985 that: The problem with Jesus coming into your that HE brings HIS friends along.Other member of the body of Christ can cause one to fall into horrible sin and to run away if one is not grounded in the TRUTH aforehand. This is all hind sight.Thanks for the testimony1!! Grace Peace and love to you! Out and Shalom!


"Bad decisions may destroy your money, your career and even your friends. That’s not good." Dude, I totally agree. Hook me up with some Jesus! Now THAT's a great decision. Seconds on chocolate cake when I'm on a diet? No thanks! Seconds on Jesus anytime? Heap another steaming pile on my plate please!

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