THE POWER OF DECISION
“The governing power in the nature of man – the power of decision, of choice, requires the true force of the will.” “Everything depends on the right action of the will. Desires for goodness and purity are right, as far as they go; but if we stop here, they avail nothing” (Mind, Character & Personality, p. 685).
To many a depressed mind, decision-making can be a very tedious process. In fact, it can be so challenging that there may be the temptation to opt out of making decisions that are necessary for this life and for eternity. But, why is it so challenging? What causes an issue that may even seem insignificant to some, pose much difficulty for others?
According to the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, one of the many causes of depression – frontal lobe issues – contribute to decision-making challenges. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that is critically involved in managing higher level executive functions. Wikipedia states that these executive functions refer to “a collection of cognitive skills including the capacity to plan, organize, initiate, self-monitor and control one’s responses in order to achieve a goal.” Evidently, intentionality is a MUST in order for changes to be wrought in the lives of those who seem powerless in making decisions. The good news is that there is divine assistance available for all who recognize their helplessness.
Jesus is the only One who has ever lived a perfect life on this earth. He is the only One whose example can be followed safely. However, His criteria for being a follower are self-denial and self-sacrifice. Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). This saying of Jesus is not without the certainty that His help is not only available, but also reliable to foster self-distrust as well as total dependence on Him.
Therefore, if making changes in life is an albatross around your neck, “you need not despair.... It is for you to yield up your will to the will of Jesus Christ; and as you do this, God will immediately take possession and work in you to will and to do of His good pleasure. Your whole nature will then be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ, and even your thoughts will be subject to Him. You cannot control your impulses, your emotions, as you may desire; but you can control the will, and you can make an entire change in your life. By yielding up your will to Christ, your life will be hid with Christ in God and allied to the power which is above all principalities and powers. You will have strength from God that will hold you fast to His strength; and a new light, even the light of living faith, will be possible to you. But your will must cooperate with God's will....“ (Our High Calling, p. 103).