As an update, I am currently finishing the last two weeks of my year-long journey through Bloomsburg University’s MBA program. Praise God! It was by far the most challenging year of my life, as my coursework was heavy and my social life was basically non-existent. Hopefully as a result of the suffering, the end-payoff will be great.
I thought I’d share with you a discussion post I wrote today for my Managerial Decision Making class about a Ted Talk I watched. Essentially, it covers how God has good intentions for our futures and we need to FULLY trust in His wisdom without getting discouraged when things do not go as we necessarily planned. Here is what I wrote:
“It was thought-provoking to hear the speaker in the video talk about how either 1) Our minds are designed badly or 2) Our environments are designed badly.
From a Christian perspective, neither of those statements are correct. God is infinitely good and all his works are good.
But why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil (bad decisions) could exist in it? With infinite power God could always create something better.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “God freely willed to create a world ‘in a state of journeying’ towards its ultimate perfection. In God’s plan this process of becoming involves […] the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect, both constructive and destructive forces of nature.”
When discussing the topic of decision making (moral, financial, etc.), it is important to recognize this reality.
What seems like a failed decision to us, may not actually be. Perhaps the reason why our investments fail at times, or our businesses crash is because God has better plans for us in mind and wants us to draw closer to Him through the hardship.
(For more info: http://www.catholicstand.com/why-does-god-let-bad-things-happen/)
As far as my own mental/environmental barriers to decision making go, I find that when decisions get tough, I often become discouraged and impatient.
Only recently, after my realization that I need to trust in God’s understanding of what is truly good for me, did I start making a conscious effort to control my anxiety caused by “fear of the unknown”. Ever since, I have viewed decisions (not as punishments), but as opportunities to fulfill God’s plan for me.
Ultimately, I have been trying to choose paths that align with His Word.”