Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Decisions, both big and small, are simply a fact of life. Not all decisions are life altering or “make or break” decisions, however the decisions you make directly affect your next step in any given situation. My dad always says, “Your decisions don’t just affect you, but they affect everyone around you,” and more often than not, that is exactly the case. Granted, whether you eat a salad or a burger for lunch doesn’t exactly affect your family or friends, but it’s a good principle to live by. For example, choosing to sleep in instead of going to class can impact not only your immediate grade, but also your grade on the next quiz or test because you could miss something important.
Hunting is full of decision making. Where you want to hang your stands, what crops you want to plant fields with, where you should place your duck blind, where you should set your decoys, which calls to use, which camouflage pattern to buy, and many many more variables that you have to choose from when you get in the woods or on the water. You have to decide when to call ducks, when to shut up and let them work, when to shoot, when to wait for them to get closer, and on and on and on. More often than not, because we are human and impatient, we jump the proverbial gun and make the wrong choice. I know for me personally, and my hunting buddies will agree, I’m the king of shooting too early. I see that flash of green on the head of a mallard and before I realize it, I’ve wasted all three shots at a duck 50 yards away and he flies away without a scratch and definitely without any interest in being within 5 miles of my duck blind.
Fortunately, none of these decisions are going to alter our lives in any major way. However, decisions both in the woods and in our daily lives can quickly take a drastic turn for the worst if we aren’t careful and seek wise counsel before making them. Someone very close to me was hanging a stand one day just like he had done hundreds of times before, chose not to put on his harness, and ended up falling nearly twenty feet and breaking his back because the bottom part of the stand broke on his way up. Thankfully, the Lord had bigger plans and now he is back to normal and still loves deer hunting, but it was a long road to get back to this point.
Situations can be seen like this in our daily lives as well. As a college student myself, unfortunately I witness the repercussions of bad decisions far too often. Sure college is a time to have fun and be social and I love both of those things as much as anyone; however, especially in today’s world, you have to be careful. It’s a scary world we live in and a split second can change your life forever.
If you’re struggling with making a big decision, such as life after school, whether to take this job, or just about what to do next, consult the ultimate instruction manual that God gives to us. Proverbs specifically is a fantastic place to start. Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” King Solomon was given an opportunity to receive anything he could ask for from the Lord in 1 Kings Chapter 3 and instead of gold, wives, land, cattle, power, or anything imaginable, he chose wisdom. Solomon knew that the greatest gift he could receive and then in turn give to his people was the wisdom of the Father. The beautiful thing about all this? We have the opportunity to have the same wisdom that Solomon received from God too. All we have to do is ask.