Authentic Responsibility #8: As a human being, I will make some decisions that others may describe as illogical. I am responsible to make decisions according to all my senses, including my sense of logic.
I had thought and prayed about it for a few months. I knew God was calling me to make a drastic change in my life, and I was pretty sure this was it. I had not shared my decision with many folks because I wanted to remain faithful and pure to what God was telling me. But I wanted to share this decision with a Christian coworker that had mentored me through the past few years in my high-stress office. When I visited, I explained that I wanted to go part-time at my company, hopefully finding a job that would allow me to have a small income while I started my business as a leadership and life coach. He was not as supportive as I had hoped. He told me that it was an unreasonable decision to take a more than 50% pay cut without having any other guaranteed income, that even though I hated my job it would be smarter to say, and that starting a business was tough and that I should do so while working full-time. I left his office disappointed—but still reassured in the decision I needed to make.
Authentic responsibility #8 says that sometimes, each of us will make decisions that seem illogical to others, but that our sense of logic may be different from others’. Here are two things to remember about making “illogical” decisions:
- Make decisions according to your senses. Key word here is “your.” You should not make decisions based on what other people see, hear, and feel because your unique experiences and abilities will determine a different outcome than others. My friend had always had a steady job in our company and a distinct career goal since college. I had been in several career paths while God built my résumé for the next step in His plan. Wayne’s abilities and experiences differed from mine, and therefore, he would have taken different steps than I did—and that’s okay! It was important for me to understand that this decision God was asking me to make was about what God wanted to do in and through me, not what He wanted to do in and through others.
- Remember God’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways. Your senses include not only what you observe using your eyes and ears and your feelings, but also according to your spiritual senses—by reading the Word and seeking God in prayer. Jeremiah 55:8 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” I spent many months seeking God about the next step in my life, and though it was illogical, it made sense for me to obey God’s instructions. The Bible is full of examples of God working in crazy, illogical ways: Abraham having a child at age 100, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a whale, one man—Jesus—dying to save the lives of all. These are a few ways in which God spoke or worked, many times in the lives of regular humans like you and me, that seemed unreasonable or even irrational. But that is God. So when you are asking for wisdom when making a decision, remember that God’s answer may not sound anything like your own—but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong!
Logic is in the eye of the beholder—and you are the beholder! Backed by Godly wisdom, let your decisions be marked with the grace and “logic” of God—the logic that saw Peter walk on water and Lazarus raised from the grave!
What illogical decisions have you made using Godly wisdom?