In Times of Crisis How Do You Make Decisions?

What do you make decision based upon…the facts around you or the feelings inside of you?

It seems like the the facts around us are changing on a daily basis… which often times affect the feelings inside of us. All of which make it very challenging to make healthy and sound decisions. So back to the original question…

In times of Crisis how do you make decisions?

I personally believe that the best way to make healthy and sound decisions in the midst of a crisis is from a place of Core Values.

Core Values are the values by which you base your life upon and see all of your decisions through. Core Values are the values that you’ve discovered about yourself through in-depth thought and prayer. Your Core Values are developed over time as you deploy them into your everyday life.

When you live by and make decisions based upon your Core Values within you rather than the Crisis around you…you and everyone who looks up to you as their leader, win.

If you’ve never heard of or taken the time to discover, develop, and deploy your Core Values, don’t feel bad, just take some time to start the process. And with so much down time as we’re confined to our homes as the Covid-19 crisis continues on, there’s probably no better time then now to begin this process.

If you’re wondering a good way to start this Core Value discovery process, I encourage you to ask yourself these 4 guiding questions;

Is it Personal?

Often times when we take personality test, we answer based upon what we WANT to be rather than WHO we really are. When we answer this way, it skews the results. So I encourage you as you consider your Core Values, be sure that they’re really WHO you are.

Is it Applicable?

Ask yourself…”Will this Core Value apply to any and every situation that I may find myself in?”

Honor is the key Core Value upon which I live my life by. It applies to any and every situation that I find myself in. It applies to how I conduct my interpersonal relationships. It applies to how I conduct my public and private life. It applies to how I father and lead my 5 children. I believe that if I apply the Core Value of Honor to every situation that I face, not only will I give myself a better chance of navigating well, but I’ll respect myself afterwards.

Is it Scaleable?

When you choose a Core Value to live your life by, that Core Value should last a life time. You accomplish this by asking…”Is this Core Value able to Scale with every Age and Stage of life?” If you’re a husband and father, you need to consider this question for your wife and children as well. As I’ve discovered, developed, and deployed my personal Core Values, I’ve asked myself, does Honor scale so it makes as much sense for my 5 year old son as does for my 15 year old son as it does for my 43 year old self? If the answer is yes…then it’s Scaleable.

Is it Biblical?

This is the most important question to ask, because if you’re going to base your life upon anything…is needs to be the Bible. Every one of your Core Values, and I suggest that you have at least 5 and no more than 9, should be able to be tied back to a specific Bible verse. As and example, here are the Wendt Family Five Core Values and the Bible verses that they’re based upon;

1) Kingdom 1st

+“Matthew 6:33…Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

2) Honor

+Ephesian 6:2-3…“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: 3)If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

3) Excellence

+Colossians 2:23…”Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as

though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.”

4) Strength

+Psalm 27:1…”The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

+Philippians 4:13…”For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

+Nehemiah 8:10b…”…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

5) Growth

+James 1:2-4…”Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

In this season of our ever changing global reality, I encourage you, even if there is a crisis happening around you, you don’t have to have a crisis happening within you when you choose to live your life according to your Core Values. So make the most of your time in quarantine to discover, develop, and deploy your Core Values…I promise they’ll help you navigate these unprecedented times and uncharted waters that we now live in.

In Love,

Pastor Jeff

 

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