Chapter 3

Let’s start off with the definition of a decision:

  1. The act or process of deciding; determination, as of a question or doubt, by making a judgment.  They must make a decision between these two contestants.
  2. The act of or need for making up one’s mind.  This is a difficult decision.
  3. Something that is decided; resolution.  He made a poor decision.
  4. A judgment, as one formally pronounced by a court.
  5. The quality of being decided; firmness: He spoke with decision.


Wikipedia puts it this way:  A decision is the selection between possible actions, while a choice is the selection between two or more objects.

Decision making can be regarded as the mental (or cognitive) process resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision making process produces a final choice.  The output can be an action or an opinion of a choice.

What happened in the Garden of Gethsemane was the ultimate act of making up one’s mind.  Jesus had to make a choice and he was agonizing over making the right decision.  It was so tough that drops of blood came down from his brow.  Let’s follow along with the book of

Mark 14:

32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.

33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;

34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

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