Avoid Unwise Choices

Series: At the Movies | Week 4: Focus on Others

Read Proverbs 14:16 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


  1. What characterizes wisdom?
  2. How does that compare with foolishness?
  3. What are the consequences of each approach?


One of the warning signs of self-focus is making unwise decisions. Solomon describes these choices as rash and reckless. Even things that seem to be harmless or even enjoyable for a time will usually lead to unwanted consequences if the decision is a selfish one. In contrast, the wise will take their time to consider future outcomes for others rather than only for themselves.

We can ask ourselves a few questions to determine the difference between a wise and unwise decision. Does this choice honor God, or does it go against something in His Word? How will this choice impact other people? What long-term consequences could come as a result of this choice? Considering these questions will require us to think of others, helping us move away from self-focus.

How often do you find yourself thinking of others when making decisions? Where can you keep the above questions handy for when you next have an important choice to make, and do you have someone you trust who could work through them with you? What step can you take this week to focus more on others?


Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.


During At the Movies, each week we’ll focus on remembering what we read. If you’re new to memorizing Scripture, start by looking at one section of one verse to remember this week.

Read Philippians 2:3-4 again to remember. If you want to begin by memorizing just part of it, start with this phrase:

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

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