Paralysis by analysis. Have you ever heard someone say that? Maybe you were in a meeting trying to agree on something. Or you have a decision to make but you’re so overwhelmed by options that you end up doing nothing.
We live in a time where we have so many choices it can be difficult to make a decision and move ahead. I know I’m guilty of this. I often research, analyze, do more research, more analysis, and next thing you know, the problem I was trying to solve either got bigger or the opportunity I had in front of my nose is gone.
Is this how God wants us to live?
On our return trip from Calgary a few weeks ago I read Kevin DeYoung’s book Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will. Simple to read, yet convicting, DeYoung shares how it’s time many of us need to stop waiting for a clear sign from God and instead make a decision, trusting that God will bless the decision.
“Apart from the Spirit working through Scripture, God does not promise to use any other means to guide us. – Kevin DeYoung”
I look back on my life and have to admit that so often I’ve been stuck in a state of indecision. I like to be comfortable. I like to be in control. I like to reduce the risk as much as possible. But it wasn’t until I starting letting this go, asking God to bless the decisions I was making, and then moving forward in faith that life took on a new meaning.
It’s exciting. It’s amazing. Opportunities have come up that I never dreamed of.
Has it always been comfortable? Have I been in control? Has it been without risk? Definitely not. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
Maybe you’re in a situation where you need to make a decision. Which university should you attend? What career should you pursue? Who should you marry? Should you change careers? Should you go on a missions trip? These are all big decisions. I encourage you to read God’s Word and pray for wisdom and clarity as to what you should do. Then make a decision and move forward. You won’t run across a verse in Scripture that states “You shall become an engineer.”, but if you have a passion for building and designing things, you have unique gifts that you can use to serve and bless others.
One of the decisions we’ve had to make as a family in recent years is where God would have us serve using our skills. We researched and looked at many different opportunities. Sometimes it was overwhelming and the easiest option was to just stay put. But through the encouragement of others, prayer, and then making decisions we see how God has led us to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators Canada.
As our family transitions to serving with Wycliffe and JAARS we have been blessed in seeing the importance of helping others get God’s Word in their own language. Lives are transformed when people can hear, read, and understand for themselves God’s purpose for their lives.
So… research and analyze, but don’t get stuck in a state of paralysis. Make a decision. Maybe the first decision is to get a copy of this little book and read through it.
Have you ever found yourself in a state of paralyzed indecision? What happened when you finally moved ahead and made a decision?