Following through with our decisions can often feel overwhelming and paralyzing. Dr. Sri teaches us today about the virtue of decisiveness, and how God wants us to set us free from the fears that hold us back from committing to our decisions.
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“Our indecisiveness often keeps us from living in God’s peace.”
Do you ever agonize over decisions? Our indecisiveness often keeps us from living in God’s peace. The virtue of decisiveness helps us follow through with our decisions so we don’t lose our interior peace. There are two main ways that we all struggle with decisiveness; delay in execution, and withdrawing from a good decision.
Delay in Execution: We know we have to make a decision but it’s challenging, so we hesitate and delay following through. This is commonly caused by our fears. Fear of failure, suffering, change, and people’s opinions often keep us from fully embracing the decisions we know we need to make. We must remember that no matter what happens, God is always in control.
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.– Romans 8:28
Withdrawing from a Good Decision: We also often pull back and turn around after we have already made a good decision. This occurs because we lack courage and we have a divided heart. God wants us to face our decisions with determination, like Jesus.
“When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” – Luke 9:53
“When we realize it is time to give something up, make a change, turn away from sin, have a difficult conversation with someone, end a relationship, end a job, move to a new place, or take on a new challenge, when we come to realize what we need to do, we need to act decisively. The moment calls us to act not with a half-hearted, hesitant yes, we need to press forward with determination like a soldier going into battle resisting the wayward emotions that will try to stop us. We need to keep our eye on the goal and like Jesus set our face toward Jerusalem. We must move forward with our good decision and not look back at our attachments and disordered emotions because if we look back, we likely will go back. Fear of failure, suffering, and what other people think affect us.” – The Art of Living, 95
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Meet Your Host: Dr. Edward Sri
Dr. Sri is a theologian and the author of several best-selling books. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), Dr. Sri currently serves as its vice president of formation. He appears regularly on EWTN and resides in Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.
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