Bringing Out the Winner

Formula for Success in Tough Decisions


As parents we are making decisions every day regarding our family. Now imagine you are one of my children, Brodie or Reagan, who are now leading Big Oak Ranch. When they make a decision, it affects over 220 children and staff. That is a lot of pressure to say the least.  However, there is a formula that helps them through this decision-making process.

As you and your spouse sit down to make decisions regarding your family, let me give you this formula that you can apply and will guarantee your success. This works on minor and major issues. I know what you’re thinking – when someone makes you a “guarantee,” you better be careful. But this one I know is sound and true.

First, claim Psalm 32:8,

“For I will counsel you with my eye upon you and I will show you the way to go.”

Then use this Three Point Checklist as a guide:

1) What does the Bible say in regard to the issue at hand?

2) What is the Holy Spirit saying within your heart?

3) What direction are the circumstances that you are looking at pointing toward?

If you are a faced with a decision, whether it’s minor or major, I promise you that the God we serve will never lead you wrong. God always shows up – you just need to ask.


-John Croyle, Founder, Big Oak Ranch 

Author, Who You Are/Defying the Circumstances that Define Us, Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child, The Two Minute Drill to Manhood and Raising a Princess,




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