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An immediate response is not needed for every decision. Many times our best course of action is to wait. Actively waiting allows us to make a more informed decision as a situation continues to develop.

All too often we rush into decisions to marry and get divorce, to quit one job and start another, and to move from one city to the next.

We soon look back and regret the choices we made.

If only we had waited we might have realized…

…and chose a different path.

It’s not possible to know every potential outcome before making a choice. And at some point, a commitment to one path or another is needed.

All the same, whenever possible, there is nothing wrong with taking our time to make the big and weighty choices of life.

The key is actively choosing to wait – to intentionally defer a decision for a period of time.

Perhaps we pray, reflect on, and seek the advice of others as we wait. In short, we stay engaged even as we delay our choice.

In this respect, waiting is still an act of faith – we trust God is with us and is revealing whatever we need to take that next step.

As such, this waiting is not passively letting life happen or letting fear paralyze us. These are faithless forms of waiting.

Actively waiting allows us to make a decision in faith – neither rushing to control an outcome, nor reluctantly agreeing to a path without our wholehearted commitment.

Intentionally waiting before making significant decisions in life allows us to minimize regrets later.

Take the time needed to make major decisions.

Wait actively and then decide in faith.

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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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