Making Decisions

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Today's reading: Genesis 25:29-34; Proverbs 13:16

Every time I read Genesis 25:29-34, I end up shaking my head as I think to myself, "Really, Esau, what were you thinking?" But therein lies the problem. Esau wasn't thinking clearly at all. He was physically and emotionally drained after coming in from the field, and he was hungry. Not a good scenario for making important decisions. In fact, research confirms that things like exhaustion, fear, hunger and lack of sleep substantially impact our ability to process things clearly, and in turn, make the best decisions. Esau acted foolishly. He responded impulsively to the physical and emotional stress he was feeling at the moment, and that decision made in a moment of weakness literally changed his future.

Being tired, stressed and hungry are all parts of normal, everyday life. So how do you guard against falling victim to these influencers when you're faced with making decisions (especially big ones)? Tami

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This is going to sound incredibly simplistic, but we guard against the ill effects of hunger, fatigue, and stress by intentionally eating, sleeping, and relaxing.

This isn't just logic talking. A tired, hungry, stressed Elijah prayed for death. God's solution, before the encounter at Sinai could even take place, was to feed him and let him sleep. God grants us these things for more than just keeping body and soul together for a few more hours.

We tend to eat and sleep on a regular schedule in my family, we just think it shows wisdom.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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