I had been in band from the time I was in fourth grade, but my sophomore year I was faced with a very tough decision. Do I stick with it or do I quit? The problem was that my teacher was very vocally abusive to me. It seemed like any chance she could get—she would pick on me in front of the class. At that point band wasn’t just about band but it was about my mental and emotional health. It became clear to me that although I loved playing the drums and the clarinet—it wasn’t healthy for me to continually be verbally assaulted.
Just like my situation with whether to stick with band or not, it’s not always easy to see the whole picture. There’s so much more to it, but it is a choice to look at what guides your decisions and to look at the whole picture.
The Whole Picture
Zig Ziglar described the whole picture well when he said, “When I discipline myself to eat properly, live morally, exercise regularly, grow mentally and spiritually, and not put any drugs or alcohol in my body, I have given myself the freedom to be at my best, perform at my best, and reap all the rewards that go along with it.”
Zig realized that the decisions that he made on purpose—led him to be The Best version of himself.
What Guides Your Decisions
As you think about what guides your decisions, the first thing you need to understand is that what you think guides what you feel, then your feelings guide how you act.
I am a Christian and for me, my faith in Jesus Christ is the answer to the question of “Why?” for every decision I make in my life. Just as Zig said, for me growing in my spiritual life “gives me the freedom” to be The Best Me and that includes a commitment to setting spiritual goals that guide my decisions. What I believe about myself, how the world began, why we are here—it is these types of questions that influence what I do. Some people refer to this as a worldview.
God’s Word: A Guide for Your Decisions
1. Building Character to be The Best You
- at the command
- blameless (x2)
- not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient
- one who loves what is good
- self–controlled (x5)
- hold firmly to the trustworthy message
- encourage others by sound doctrine
- worthy of respect
- sound in faith, love, and endurance
- in everything set them an example by doing what is good
- eager to do what is good
- ready to do what is good
- the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared
2. Be The Best You by being the Leader You Would Follow
3. Be Intentional to Become The Best You
A Day of Freedom That Led to The Best Me