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We live in a fast-paced world with regular expectations to make quick decisions. And perhaps, like moving to the city from the country, much of this we must simply adapt to as part of the culture we live in. But weighty decisions are not to be rushed, and we must practice being unhurried when making them.

Of course, some things don’t matter much in the long run, and there’s generally no issue with making quick decisions here. For instance, where we eat out, the clothes we wear, or what movie we watch typically doesn’t matter much by the next day. As such, these are not decisions we have to sweat. Even a poor decision here has relatively little lasting consequences.

On the other hand, who we decide to marry, the career path we pursue, or what house to buy, for example, are weighty decisions that will impact us for years to come. And, whatever it looks like, important matters are not ones to take lightly or otherwise rush into.

But often we feel like we’re behind. Or maybe we feel the pressure from well meaning family and friends. And, certainly, an effective sales tactic is to introduce a sense of urgency in the buying process. But while this might secure an immediate sale, it doesn’t always forge a loyal customer.

To be sure, there might be moments of life and death that don’t give us the luxury of timely contemplation. But we don’t have to adopt the urgency of the world in making important decisions. We can practice being unhurried and taking the time needed to make informed decisions. And while this seems simple, it will often require a good amount of inner fortitude in a world not used to waiting.

But ultimately this benefits everyone. A premature decision risks being unsustainable and disruptive if we have to change course in the future. But a thoughtful decision is one that brings goodness for years to come.

In the end, take the time needed to make important decisions – resisting the lies of urgency and practicing being unhurried when it matters the most.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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