A few weeks ago, I ran across a blog post from Mark Batterson in which he shared the two types of decisions every person has to make: defining decisions and daily decisions. I love the illustration Mark used to identify both:
“It’s the defining decisions that are the equivalent of an on ramp onto a highway that will take you to a totally different destination. Daily decisions are the mile markers along the way!”
Determining whether a decision is defining or daily isn’t the difficult part. Defining decisions can include things like: What major am I going to choose? Am I going to ask her to marry me? Will I give into that temptation? Daily decisions might include: Am I going to get up and go to class today? Will I make time to read my Bible or pray?
The challenge for most people is to realize that the daily decisions impact your future just as much as the defining decisions. There’s no denying that defining decisions determine the direction of your life: The major you choose will have a significant impact on your future career. However, your daily decisions will impact your future just as much. If you choose to major in chemistry so that you can go to dental school, but don’t make a daily commitment to study or go to class, you probably won’t go very far in your journey to becoming a dentist. Although we tend to focus on the defining decisions, the daily decisions are equally important:
- Your defining decision makes you a doctor. Your daily decisions make you a good doctor.
- Your defining decision makes you a husband. Your daily decisions make you an excellent husband.
- Your defining decision makes you a Christian. Your daily decisions determine how much your faith impacts your life and the lives of others around you.
Even though this may seem like common sense when you say it out loud, we must remind ourselves that both decisions are important. In the everyday stresses of life, it’s easy to neglect the daily decisions, but they’re the ones that determine how far you go.
What are some ways you discipline yourself to make both defining and daily decisions?