Getting Ahead: ‘Emotional decisions’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

Everyone from time to time has made an emotional decision. Once in awhile it works out but most of the time we later wish we would have thought it through.

Recently, I was trying to decide what to pay for a car that needed body work. My son Scott has an automobile repair shop so I asked him what it would take to fix it. The only thing we had was a picture so he said he didn’t really know. He could have just thrown out an arbitrary number but he was wise enough to say he didn’t know.

My dilemma was that it was very difficult to make a decision on the price to pay for the car without all of the information. That is when I had to make absolutely sure that I didn’t make the decision to buy the car on emotion. I sat back and got the information I needed before I made the purchase.

Our life decisions must be made on truth. If emotion sets in, we can overlook the necessary information we need to make the right one. Those decisions can affect us for many years and some for the rest of our life. Fear is the most devastating of our emotions. If we make a decision based on fear, it is almost guaranteed to be a bad one. When we experience fear, it can make us accept bad information. With bad information our chances of the right decision are slim to none.

That is the reason that the bible teaches us that fear is not of God. It is a tactic used by our enemy to destroy our life. The attributes of God’s Spirit are: love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You can see that the attributes of God himself are the farthest thing from fear. This is just one of truths that can be found in God’s word.

We look at how God’s word translates into our lives at the Gathering Place every Sunday morning at 10:30 and Wednesday evenings at 7.


John Pfeifer

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer