Making decisions is the most important thing you do. It is also very difficult and confusing at times. In order to help you decide how to spend your summer we put together the following guide to help you make a decision that will honor God. If your decision is to go to LINC, then you will find instructions at the end on how to apply.
How to make Godly decisions
1. What does scripture say?
Our friends, our circumstances, and often our feelings can be misleading. One thing that never changes is the truth of God's word. So the first question you should ask when making a decision is what has God already said. Scripture is likely the clearest way you will ever hear from God.
Too many times people ask, "What is God's will for my life?" The question that should come before that is simply, "What is God's will?" So look up some verses about what is on God's heart. Here are some verses to start with:
Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 15:4-7, Acts 1:8, 1 Timothy 2:4
2. Pray for wisdom and guidance.
God wants you to ask Him to guide you. So pour out your heart to God! Let Him know what you are thinking and feeling and ask Him to guide you and give you the wisdom to discern the right course of action. There are a lot of "good" things you can give yourself to but the things that God says have an eternal impact are what we want to seek.
"Many plans are in a man's heart, but the counsel of the LORD will stand." Proverbs 19:21
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind."James 1:5-6
3. Seek Godly counsel.
There is no replacement for an expert guide who has walked the path before you. Find someone older in the Lord who has a life you want to mimic and lay out to them what you are thinking and humbly listen to their advice. Talk to your pastor and bible-study leader; they will have insight on your life you won't get from your peers.
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel." Proverbs 12:15
"You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE." 1 Peter 5:5
4. Circumstances & Desires
When you pray, pray for God to work through your circumstances and in your heart. God may close doors that were opened or open doors that were closed. He may give you a desire to do something or ask you to do something to purify your desires. So look expectantly and see how God moves, but don't be afraid to walk towards a closed door if He leads you to.
Read Nehemiah 1-2 and see how God led him.