Learning to Do the Wise Thing

Any of you ever get sucked into a Netflix vortex, lying in bed with the earbuds in the phone, binging on the latest crime drama or nostalgic sitcom?

Me neither.

If you have, though, one night might be okay, but string consecutive nights together and you realize that the media consumption isn’t worth the sleep deprivation.

Binging nightly on TV isn’t the wise thing to do.

Why?

Well… in light of your past experience (you know your work fails when you’ve tried to burn the candle at both ends), your current circumstances (you actually need to get up early to exercise because you’re becoming a dough ball), and your future hopes and dreams (perhaps reading a book and settling your mind before bed will serve your future self), binging on TV isn’t the wise thing to do.

Just like learning to do what love requires of you takes practice, so does learning to do the wise thing.

This second filter for decision-making helps us be more intentional and thoughtful vs. impulsive in our choices.

I highly recommend checking out Andy Stanley’s sermon series “Ask It” where he teases this idea of asking “What is the wise thing to do?”

He lays it out like this:

In light of…. 

  1. Your past experience
  2. Your current circumstances
  3. Your future hopes and dreams….

What is the wise thing to do? 

Think about that. Use it for something as simple as what you will eat for lunch today.

Should you go for the burger and fries or the grilled chicken salad?

What does your past experience tell you how your body feels the second half of the day at work when you indulge in the burger and fries?

What do your current circumstances tell you? How’s the blood pressure? Where’s the weight? Do you have an important meeting this afternoon or are you just lounging around at home?

What do your future hopes and dreams require of you today? Are you working on becoming a healthier person 5 years from now and know that every meal is building a habit toward health or a habit toward maintenance medications?

The burger idea is silly, but you get the picture.

Apply it to any number of ideas today.

See how that question clarifies what you should do. Even when decisions seem similar and innocent.

Ask it.

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