How to make decisions

Often when we are making decisions we want to know what God wants us to do. Sometimes we can get confused and worried. Apart from ‘listening to God’, knowing the ‘characteristics of God’, and praying, there is a simple method St Ignatius offers for trying to “work it out”:

Five attitudes

  • Trust that God is at work in your hopes and desires
  • Believe that God works through your daily events and people
  • Try to be free and not lean toward a particular choice
  • Give time and energy to “working it out”
  • Have a basic commitment to following God’s will as it becomes clear to you

Working it out

  • Be clear about what you are deciding about
  • Seek advice and information
  • List and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each option
  • Try to notice which option seems to bring either peacefulness or uneasiness
  • Make a decision and have God confirm it in prayer

Continue reading: Scripture for reflection