Life is full of choices. Everyday seems to be full of decisions. And even if we understand Psalm 139:16, which states “all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” to mean that nothing can happen outside of God’s pre-ordained plan, practically it still feels as though we have to make tons of significant decisions. These range from whether we are going to “obey” the basics like not lying, or stealing. But they also include many we see as truly life-shaping: who am I going to marry, should we adopt, or should I risk the surgery?
No doubt we would love to avoid some choices we have to make. But what is equally clear in today’s culture is that we inflict more “choices” on ourselves than ever before. As we have eliminated all the white space in our calendars, adding more and more activities and commitments to our schedules, we are confronted with more and more decisions. John Ortberg, in the little book we are reading together, What is God’s Will for My Life?, talks about how this has created “decision fatigue”. Choices take energy and when we have to make lots of them we simply get tired and then we wind up not making the best decisions. “Decision fatigue” has then taken its toll.
Reading between the lines of the feedback I requested in last week’s e-letter blog, this dynamic is active among us. Many of you, in processing God’s conversation with us regarding prayer and His Will, have spoken about the need to create more space for God…or said differently, to reserve more “choice energy” so you can make better decisions in following after God. Personally, I think that it is impossible to over-state how important this is. I think that over-commitment is one of the core spiritual dilemmas of our culture. I think it is one of the main reasons why the national average of church attendance among professed believers is 1 Sunday out of 4. We are over-committed time wise, financially, at work and in our hobbies and passions. The fall-out comes in one of two forms: we have no time for church because other things fill that time slot or, we crave more “stress release time” so we head to the “hills” to re-charge.
Therefore, I have a challenge for you. Deliberately build up a healthy reserve of “decision energy” and then ask yourself… what “choices” can I eliminate from my life to reduce “decision fatigue” so I can make better spiritual decisions in following after God? And then let me know what you decide!
See you Sunday.