decade of decision.

24 10 2010

At Stake Priesthood meeting tonight we were reminded of a talk given by Elder Hales entitled: “Preparing for the Decade of Decision“.

Elder Hales describes a series of incredibly important decisions that will be made.
All of these life-altering decisions will be made in a very busy, relatively short period during your 20s—during what I call the “Decade of Decision,” Hales said.

I started thinking about all of the decisions I’ve made during the past 10 years of my life.

Church. (It’s true- I just need to figure out the whole obedience thing)
College. (BYU – also decided 5 years would be more fun than 4)
Mission. (England, Birmingham 2003-2005)
Major. (Public Relations)
Career. (Blickenstaff’s Toy & Candy)
Marriage. (Leah my beautiful wife)

Yep, there they are – 6 HUGE decisions.
But now that they’re made what do I do?

I sat there in the meeting tonight wondering what comes after the “decade of decision”?

I feel like you are taught, groomed, trained and advised on how to make wise choices during your “decade of decision”
“O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth…” (Alma 37:35)

BUT – everyone failed to mention what comes next.

“Decade of decision” sounds so exciting and life changing.

I’ve been brainstorming names for my current point in life:
“decade of revision” (a chance to fix any mistakes I made)
“decade of submission” (a time to submit to the consequences of the past decade)
“decade of “provision” (a time to become a provider)

Hhmm… yeah nothing stands out.

? What comes after the “decade of decision”?



2 responses

25 10 2010
Chelle Ethington

You’ve definitely made the most of your decade so far. But each decade brings with it new challenges and new decisions. From now on every decision will be even more important because it will involve not only you and your life, but the life of your wife and children which will join you. You’ve done well so far, there is no reason to doubt you will continue to make good deciaions. My best advice is to never make a decision in haste – try to anticipate and plan so when the decision comes you already have an idea.

25 10 2010

See and I think decade of provision covers all of the above. Being a provider means that you do what it takes to be a provident provider for your family. It means providing not just financially but spiritually and emotionally. So it means submitting to consequences and fixing mistakes, making amends. Plus after you make any decision you actually have to follow through and so now its time to live up to these decisions.

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