After all this had happened, Paul decided to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. "After I have been there," he said, "I must visit Rome also." He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer. About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.
When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said good-bye and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking marry words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, where he stayed three months. Because the Jews made a plot against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia.
What decisions am I facing that need more thought?
In Business Terms
Many Christian leaders are handicapped because they almost inevitably think in moralistic terms only: rightness versus wrongness. "What's the right thing to do? What ought to be done?"
I keep reminding leaders there are other modes to consider: effective versus ineffective, good versus best, safe versus risky.
Virtually every decision has a moral aspect, either in its consequences or in the way the decision will be implemented. And most of us carry an intuitive desire to reach for the godly, to hear the words of God on a given issue and line up with him rather than against him. But not all church administration deals with Mount Sinai issues. Many decisions are more mundane and subtle.
Questions leaders need to be asking are: "What are my options? Who should be involved in the decision-making process? How do I know when I have enough information? When is it time to bite the bullet and decide?"
These are the questions that aren't asked often enough.
Carl F. George
Something to Think About
The best decision-makers are those who are willing to suffer the most over their decisions but still retain their ability to be decisive.
M. Scott Peck