When we’re headed down a path and we see a sign warning of danger ahead, we are faced with a decision. We can either heed the warning or we can ignore the warning. Some of us may consider the person who heeds the warning sign wise and the person who ignores the warning sign unwise.
Solomon, often considered Israel’s wisest king, called people who heed warning signs in life “prudent” and those who ignore warning signs in life “simpletons.” Sometimes people who don’t see warning signs simply don’t see them, but far more often we don’t see them because we don’t want to see them. We tend to see only what we want to see, and when we’ve made up our mind about something, we only see what confirms what we’ve already decided. This isn’t a church thing or a follower of Jesus thing – it’s just a people thing (it’s actually called “confirmation bias”).
Even though the decisions of what’s now will soon become what was, they will carry with us into what’s next. Part 2 (Danger Ahead) of CCC’s Shift series is all about what Solomon wrote, how we can see danger ahead and take precautions to keep from ending up where we never want to be.
Take a few minutes to read Proverbs 27:12 and the next step of considering the following questions about making wise decisions (and living with fewer regrets).
- On a scale of 1 to10, how much stress do you experience when making decisions?
- When have you learned from someone else’s mistakes? What consequences did you avoid by learning from someone else’s experience?
- Is there a time you have seen what’s next but still felt overwhelmed when it arrived? What could you have done to have been more prepared?
- Is there someone you know you would describe as a prudent person? What makes him or her a prudent person from your perspective?
- In what ways do we carry the decisions we make now in what’s next? What are some of the decisions (good or bad) that you carry with you now and will continue to carry in the future?
- Do you know anyone who refused to see or hear warning signs about potentially unwise decisions? What consequences did he or she suffer for going on blindly?
- How good are you at seeing what you don’t want to see and hearing what you don’t want to hear? Why is this so important to see “danger ahead” in decision-making?
- What precautions can you take in the “what now” decisions you are facing?
- What next steps will you take to consider what’s necessary to make wise decisions?
Have you ever noticed that signs warning of danger ahead are always located before the place where the danger actually is? The time to heed warning signs in life is before we’ve maxed out the credit cards, blown up the relationship, or crossed other lines to end up where we never wanted to end up.
Unwise decisions lead to greater regrets – in number and degree. Wise decisions lead to fewer regrets. No one ever regrets making the wise decision!
Today is Monday – make it a day where you see danger ahead and take precautions by making wise decisions!