We're all faced with making hundreds if not thousands of decisions each day. From choosing the time I get up to what I want to wear, whether I should have breakfast or not, how I'm going to spend my day, or what my attitude will look like - we make choices from morning till night that impact the quality of our life. Some are pretty straight-forward and simple: Do I wear my blue suit or the grey one? Aside from the event I'm attending or the temperature, it may be a toss-up. However, other decisions carry greater significance: "I really need to have it out with my office manager today. I've taken more than enough crap from her for far too long." Deciding what to say, when to do so, and the manner in which to present yourself could seriously impact your employment with this company and/or the nature of your relationship with coworkers and management. You could potentially find yourself at the end of the unemployment line unable to sustain your independence or support your family. The long term and far reaching consequences could prove devastating not only for you but to those dependent on you as well.
In order to make more qualified decisions we often seek the counsel of those we know and respect: a family member, trusted friend or trained professional. Their input can significantly impact our course of action. However, all advice is tainted with personal beliefs, past experiences, unresolved issues, thought processes, and such. While we may gain some valuable insights and receive much needed reassurance, how can we be certain we are making rightful choices that won't lead us down a path of remorse and regret?
In my latest book, The Great Truth, I advise individuals to go directly to the Infallible Source of all knowledge and perfect guidance: God. In order to make right decisions that are rendered proper and allow us to be at ease, we only need to know if what we are about to say or do will please God.* But how can one know for certain the answer to such an intangible inquiry?
One only need remember that God is Love and any love-based behavior is pleasing to Him. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before engaging in any activity:
Is what I’m about to say or do kind?
Does it emanate from a place of love for all parties?
Is it based on truth rather than speculation, lies, jealousies or my own insecurities?
Does it care about the well-being of all those concerned?
Does it take into consideration the feelings and needs of the other parties?
Is it absolutely the best choice possible to make at this time?
Will it achieve long lasting and far reaching benefits for all those concerned?
A resounding yes to each of these questions is a strong indication our decision will be favorable and pleasing to God and will yield long-lasting beneficial results for you and all those concerned.
"Love is patient, love is kind, Love does not insist on its own way.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails." ~ Corinthians 13:4-8
Making decisions needn't be an arduous task. When one chooses to live solely to please the Divine, right choices become clear and efforts undemanding.
*In The Great Truth, I got into great detail as to how one can fully know if an act will be pleasing to God or not. For the sake of this blog post, I have acquiesced to the abbreviated explanation.
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Janet Pfeiffer, international inspirational speaker and award-winning author has appeared on CNN, Lifetime, ABC News, The 700 Club, NBC News, Fox News, The Harvest Show, Celebration, TruTV and many others. She’s been a guest on over 100 top radio shows (including Fox News Radio), is a contributor to Ebru Today TV and hosts her own radio show, Anger 911, on www.Anger911.net and Between You and God (iHeartRadio.com).
Janet's spoken at the United Nations, Notre Dame University, was a keynote speaker for the YWCA National Week Without Violence Campaign, and is a past board member for the World Addiction Foundation.
She's a former columnist for the Daily Record and contributing writer to Woman’s World Magazine, Living Solo, Prime Woman Magazine, and N.J. Family. Her name has appeared in print more than 100 million times, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Alaska Business Monthly and more than 50 other publications.
A consultant to corporations including AT&T, U.S. Army, U.S. Postal Service, and Hoffman-LaRoche, Janet is N.J. State certified in domestic violence, an instructor at a battered women's shelter, and founder of The Antidote to Anger Group. She specializes in healing anger and conflict and creating inner peace and writes a weekly blog and bi-monthly newsletter.
Janet has authored 8 books, including the highly acclaimed The Secret Side of Anger (endorsed by NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Bernie Siegel).
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"Janet dispels the lies and misconceptions many people have lived by and outlines a practical path to an extraordinary life beyond suffering. Written with honesty, clarity, sincerity, and humor, this book serves as a wonderful guide for anyone seeking a more enriching and fulfilling life.”
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