Have you ever looked at a person and asked yourself how they made the decisions which led them to where they are at? I mean maybe their house was on fire so they decided to run outside in their pajamas and then decided they needed to run to Wal-Mart and buy a few things while still in their pajamas. I am just not sure what criteria some people use to decide that a certain course of action is appropriate or not. Here are some criteria I recommend for good decision making.
1. Make up your mind ahead of time that you are going to do right. Daniel 1:8 "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself." Daniel did not wait until he was kidnapped, taken far from all that he had ever known, forced to live among Gentiles, and then faced with defiling himself to make up his mind to do right.
2. Acknowledge God's presence. Proverbs 1:7 says "The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge." This idea of fearing the LORD is to acknowledge His presence. When you acknowledge the presence of God in every part of your life you will make good decisions.
3. Remember that birds of a feather flock together. Proverbs 1:10 "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." There is no place for good decision making when you are answering the invitation to sin.
Finally, it is essential to know that there is no decision that is to small to consider whether or not God has a say in what you do. When you allow God to have his will done in all your life then you will find yourself making good decisions. (When you find yourself making good decisions then you will never find yourself at Wal-Mart in your pajamas.)