“Micro-choices”… What does that even mean?When we talk about decision making, often we refer to the major issues of life. Things like getting married, moving cities, starting a business, or planting a Church. Big decisions, the kind that change the course of your life.
These BIG decisions are important!
You need to get these things right. They have real and lasting consequences. Making the wrong decision on these large areas of life will effect everything.
Often times though, we minimise the little decisions that we make all day, every day.
What to eat, or not to eat. How we speak to other people. The language we choose. Our heart towards the lost. Whether to be self-centred and selfish, or not. To clean up after ourselves. To help someone who can’t repay us. A choice to serve, or to be served. A choice to pray continually or occasionally. Whether to give and be generous, or not. To be kind. Truthful. Choices of purity. Holiness. Against lust. Choices against becoming angry. Choices against pride. The decision to be self-disciplined. To be accountable. To apply the word of God to all areas of life.
There are countless micro-choices that each of us make every single day.
Yet, we over-look them.
We think they don’t matter.
We don’t even realise we’re making them.
These tiny, micro-choices along the way, are easy to ignore.
It’s not that each individual decision takes you a long way off course… just a little.
The cumulative affect is the issue – all those micro-choices you make without contemplating the consequences, change you into the type of person you don’t want to be.
You’re aiming at one thing, yet you become another.
One day you wake up to yourself, you realise you’ve arrived at a destination, it’s just not the one you intended.
You’re not who you’re meant to be.
You’re not where you’re meant to be.
For many, this is when confusion hits – You begin to wonder what happened? After all you’ve made all the right BIG decisions. Yet, you’ve just ignored the little ones and these micro-choices have caught up with you.
Inch by inch.
Day by day.
Small choice, after small choice.
Incrementally they’ve added up.
Those decisions you thought didn’t matter, the little things, have made all the difference.
It’s the micro-choices in your thinking, your attitudes, and your heart, your words, your habits and your daily activities. Your own personal choices in the little, often hidden things of life, will eventually determine the course of your life.
The little things do matter. They will affect your success, the longevity of your faith, the quality of your relationships… everything!
Whether it be choosing to forgive someone, love someone, include someone, or keep a pure heart and clean hands, you must continually make the right micro-choices if you’re going to end up who God would have you be, and in the place He would have you arrive at.
So today, my encouragement to you, is to think about all the small, perhaps unimportant areas of life and then choose to make good micro-choices in those areas.