When to do something is just as important as what to do. Some of our biggest mistakes are made when we know what to do but are our timing is not right. Lee Iacocca once said, “Even the right decision is the wrong decision it it’s made at the wrong time.”

Of course, when you’re at the right place at the right time it is great. Some of the great success stories of all time are about those experiences. Timing is hugely important especially in making a good decision. You could get the decision right but if you make it at the wrong time, it won’t work.

I worked for a produce company in my younger years. They told me there is only one day in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat. You must recognize the right timing for the decision to be right.

Too many people miss this key principle. They think about what is God’s will and don’t think about when to do His will. Right now, I am clear there is something for me to do but I don’t know when to do it. Until I have clarity on the timing I’m not going to do anything.

You have to collect all the information and take your time before making a decision. When people come to me and want an answer to an important decision right away my answer is always “No.” I’m not going to decide when I haven’t had enough time to think and pray about it. And I can’t make a good decision until I determine if the time is right.

It is very important to understand timing. Don’t rush, push things or move in a direction that could take you away from God’s will for your life. Do your research, get all the information you can. And if you still aren’t sure what to do or when to do it - then wait.

Take your time. Never make a major decision when you’re upset, when you’re grieving, when you’re depressed or when you’re overly stressed. And don’t make a decision out of fear. But be careful making decisions in good times too. We can underestimate the difficulty of certain situations. So, watch both your good moods and bad ones.

Instead of deciding, just wait on God’s timing. It’s amazing how many times in waiting the decision will become clear. It becomes clear because other things happen that will crystalize the situation and make it much easier for you to decide. Focus on the timing in your decision-making and you will make better decisions.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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