While there may be times decisions must be tabled due to sudden, more pressing matters, if decisions are constantly being derailed, it is probably more a result of letting yourself get distracted than necessity.
The Problem: a lack of diligence and persistence
In 1 Timothy 4, the Apostle Paul was instructing Timothy about how he should conduct himself. He concluded with, “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim. 4:15-16). If Timothy was going to live as a godly example, which would have included many decisions to be made along the way, he needed to be diligent and persevere. He couldn’t coast through life but rather had to give his full attention to it, always being on guard. As a result of such diligence and persistence, everyone would benefit.
God wants our lives to bear fruit, to make a difference, but that won’t happen if we don’t persevere.
- If we allow ourselves to get easily distracted, we won’t accomplish much of anything.
- If we do a lot without accomplishing much, we will be seen a floundering.
Christ-like Decision-Making Guards Against Getting Derailed:
Read through the Gospels, and you will find that in the thirty-three years Jesus lived on this earth, especially in the final three years of His life being His official ministry years, He accomplished far more than anyone else who ever lived did in a full lifetime. Jesus kept His eyes on the goal and did not allow Himself to get derailed.
If we want to be Christ-like leaders, then we need to stay the course. We must make the decisions we need to make to get there. We must be faithful stewards. If you struggle with being easily distracted, constantly ask God to help you be on guard, to maintain the focus and diligence you need to persist.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us … (Heb. 12:1)