Long ago my mother-in-law gave me the following list of questions to reference for decision-making. I have found it to be incredibly valuable throughout the years. I have been looking at these questions and thinking through them as Ryan and I come to a point in our lives where we need to make a decision about his future career. I hope these questions will be useful to you whenever you come to a crossroads...big or small.
The Challenge of Choices
What is my 'calling' for the season of life I am in?
What is most important to me right now?
How has God uniquely gifted me ?
Great questions to ask:
Is the 'choice' in keeping with the season of my life that I am in?
Have I prayed about my choices?
Am I waiting patiently?
How does my choice affect others?
What really excites me to do this?
If I say 'yes' to this, what am I saying 'no' to?
Do I have the resources to pursue this choice? (money, energy, time?)
What am I afraid of?
Do I have all the information I need to make a good decision?
How do I trust the Lord for what I need in making this choice?
Here's one additional question that might be useful as well:
The Best Question Ever
Andy Stanley wrote a book called The Best Question Ever based on Ephesians 5:15 "Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise, but as wise." He says to ask this question when making decisions: What is the wise thing for me to do, in light of my past experience, my present circumstances and my future hopes and dream?