The Role of Spouses in Making Decisions
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (Proverbs 12:15).
When John Benson decided to make some financial investments in a new business venture, he was very excited about the possibilities for a handsome financial return. His business and financial background had served him well. John felt strongly that his wife Jenny would not understand the complexity of his investment, so he casually mentioned it to her. When she asked a few simple questions, John became defensive and justified his plans for investing in the venture.
A year later, after investing a large sum of money, John received a phone call from the investment company. All the investors who had put money in the company were going to lose their investment with no ability to recoup it.
This story could be retold repeatedly across the world. God's principles for making decisions require input from both spouses, regardless of their level of expertise. If you are not married, make sure you seek wisdom from a few close associates you know and trust.
God has called married couples to be one. If we seek to make decisions independently, then we benefit from only 50% of the intended resource God has placed within our grasp. In marriage, this stewardship of decisions requires two people. God blesses this union by honoring the decisions made with the motive of glorifying God and relying on His Spirit to lead in our decision-making process.
Before you make a major decision, get confirmation for your decision from your spouse.
Dear Lord, I pray that you will strengthen the relationships I have with family and friends. Please make me a blessing among the circle of those I love and live. Give me the grace to bless those who curse me, so that You will get the glory. Thank you.
No man is prosperous whose immortality is forfeited.
No man is rich to whom the grave brings eternal bankruptcy.
No many is happy upon whose path there rests but a momentary
glimmer of light, shining out between clouds that are closing
over him in darkness forever.
Henry Ward Beecher
There is only one way I can get ready for immortality,
and that is to LOVE this life, and live it bravely
and cheerfully and as faithfully as I can.
Henry Van Dyke