Make a Decision

Make a Decision

What if you could make one big decision today?

You’re suffocating to death in a dead-end job when you know that you were made for so much more. You can stick it out and continue living an unfulfilled life or you can make a plan to get out.

It’s your decision.

There’s a ministry opportunity out there with your name on it. Every little bit of your heart says “go,” but the pesky little voice called the resistance is telling you to stay. Still, God has called  you. Will you go?

It’s your decision.

Decisions are tough. Once you cross a line, you can’t easily uncross it. You’re pretty much committed. Until you walk across that line, however, nothing is ever going to change.

Step up or sit down; its still your decision.

You’re Not the First

  • Scott Harrison realized that the world of upscale party planning did nothing to help the suffering people in Africa, so he left that world to start Charity:Water. He crossed that line and made a decision to change things.
  • Martin Luther refused to tolerate the Catholic Church’s lies and false teaching. God called him to reform the church, so he posted his 95 theses on a big wooden door for all to see. He made a decision; a wildly unpopular one at that.
  • Nehemiah was heart-broken to learn of the broken-down walls of Jerusalem and plight of his people. He cried out to God in his despair and prayed for the strength to stand up to a king and make his decision. God granted his prayer.

Harrison would go on to create an organization that has, to date, brought clean water to nearly 2 million people. Luther would play a central role in sparking the Protestant Reformation. Nehemiah would oversee the monumental task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

Make a Decision

My prayer for you is that you would find the boldness to make a decision today. Have the courage to change your life and the lives of those around you. Ask God for the strength to go out and change the world, if only in a small way.

Don’t do it because I told you to. Do it because you know you should.

So, if you could make one big decision today, what would it be?

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  • Makeda

    Kenny this was a great post; convicting but oh so good! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks, Makeda. Every once in a while I feel like we need to give ourselves an extra push to action. 

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    This is so important. Just decide. Do something. My wife is constantly telling me, “I just need you to make a decision.”

    As a leader, I find that most people are just waiting for us to decide. It doesn’t have to be right or wrong; just choose a direction, and people will follow. What they’re looking for is commitment.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks for the comment, Jeff. I used to have a superior in the Air Force who would always say, “Decisions need to be made. Wether right or wrong, they need to be made.” Add some dramatic effect to that and you get the picture. 

      Don’t get me wrong; I’m not an advocate of making uninformed decisions. That said, I’d say that 90% of my procrastination isn’t due to a lack of information, but a lack of will. This is simply about bucking up and making the call. We can all use a little work with that. ;)

  • Sarahlake

    One big decision: to wholeheartedly pursue a new career. Without excuses.

    I enjoy your posts, Kenny. Thanks for continuing to inspire and encourage!

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you for reading, Sarah. What’s the new career that you would like to pursue? 

      • Sarah Lake

        Hi Kenny, thanks for asking! I love to write, and I’m passionate about helping families become healthy (in all aspects, but particularly emotionally and spiritually). Right now I groom dogs which pays the bills (yay!), but I’m beginning to do things in my free time that will create opportunities for me to do something that leverages my creativity and love for families!

        Sarah

        • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

          If you love to write and you don’t have a blog yet, I’d say you should start one immediately! If you’re passionate about helping families grow emotionally and spiritually, you can be doing that right now in your spare time. You never know what kind of ministry opportunities will arise out of it. 

          Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. You’ll be very glad you did it. If you need some great tips for writers looking to start blogging, check out my friend @jeffgoins:disqus  and his blog at http://goinswriter.com.

  • http://www.reflectinghearts.com Morgan MacGavin

    Excellent post Kenny…I have a bad habit of letting fear hold me back from decisions that I know God has already made for me. I play the “If I can just do _________ first, then I will be free to do _________” game. Haven’t quite figured out how to stop putting things before God. But its definitely a work in progress.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Morgan. If God’s made the decision for us, then what we don’t need to fear. As Paul asked, “If God is for us, then who can be against us?” I’ve seen you come leaps and bounds in the last year. God is faithful; you’ve just got to trust Him. Thanks again.

      • http://www.reflectinghearts.com Morgan MacGavin

        Thanks Kenny…good thoughts…I need to spend some time in prayer trying to figure out a few things. 

  • Anonymous

     So, if you could make one big decision today, what would it be?
    Leave my job, attend seminary full-time, plant a church. Oh wait…that’s three isn’t it?
    Always love your posts, Kenny.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Doc. Those are some amazing aspirations. I love it! What’s stopping you? 

      • Anonymous

          Finances are always an issue for switching careers, but I am attending seminary part-time. Fear always holds us back, at least a little. But most importantly, I think this is where God wants me to be right now. Although I am not “in charge”, I am learning many valuable lessons about the “sheep” and learning to wield influence and make changes from within. So, as I continue to work toward the goals that I laid out, just like all my other major transitions, the “still, small voice” will tell me when. In the meantime, I work out my calling in my “secular” job, do missionary trips, seize very opportunity presented to “speak forth the mystery of Christ”, teach and blog.

  • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

    You and Josh need to get together on this. First you RT his blog post on waiting (http://joshbyrd.tumblr.com/post/5547624647/waiting), so I have some encouragement in my waiting on God to open a door into fulltime ministry. Then, you come out and tell me to make a decision today! What am I to do?  : )

    Great post, seriously, and I would if it was up to me. A good friend, coworker, and Christian brother just suddenly left us this morning so I have been thinking a lot today about the big move out of secular industry to something more eternal in its mission and reward.

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      Sometimes we have to decide to wait, if that doesn’t seem like a complete cop-out of a reply! There is a fine distinction between fear-based procrastination and Spirit-led patience. I wish I could say I opt for the second one every time, but I’m not there yet.

      What’s keeping you from making the move?
       

      • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

        I have had two years of patient (mostly) prayer  and many confirmations of a calling into either orphancare ministry or a career that would allow intensive family volunteer ministry, but the answer is currently “wait.” I do not want to start a new ministry but to join an existing one already established. Doors that seemed about to open in the past have not opened in my timing. It is not fear. We are ready to go!

        • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

          That sounds like great patience in waiting for the right opportunity as opposed to the ‘right now’ opportunity. What does the “right” opportunity look like for you? Does it have to do with pay or location?

          • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

            Certainly not pay. I am not wealthy, but any ministry paying me what I make now is not being a good steward. I have a family of four and we want a little land to be more self-sufficient, but otherwise our needs are pretty basic.

            Location is more important. Any move we make should not be farther from our aging parents that we are now, and the ideal location, in the middle of both sets, is actually your neck of the woods (preferably Williamson County). So either a position in the area or one I could work virtually.

            I am, IMHO, pretty versatile, so the opportunity will look like the one behind the door that the Lord reveals to us (must be confirmed by my Proverbs 31 wife).

  • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

     So I read Plan B and Un-Christian this weekend and I’ve really been struggling with some things that I know are holding me back. I know what items need to change and I’m fighting the how- and the easiest way to not hurt anyone. 

    I guess I really haven’t made the decision if I’m still hesitant on the getting my feet wet part, right? 

    • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

      It all depends. Making a decision doesn’t mean jumping into something you’re not ready for. It does, however, mean committing to the change that you want to see. It’s really a matter of what’s inside. Are you afraid to move forward or are you wisely proceeding slowly? Only you can dig deep and answer that question. 

      • http://TheInvisibleOffice.com Erica Cosminsky

        True. I think my biggest struggle is letting go and deciding which step to take first.