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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on the Decision Switch. Can moving from praying “should I” to “I will unless You stop it” help you in a business decision you’re facing? Sometimes we’re not ready to throw the switch, even this helps us understand where we are in making a given decision.

This week we will focus on the 4 Decision Questions. When you make decisions, there are risks. How will it work out in the future?

The following questions are from Dr Ben Carson. Everybody in Baltimore knows who Dr Carson is, others of you may have heard about him from his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. He is professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he directs pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. On June 19, 2008, Dr Carson received the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the White House ceremony, he said that he’d never have achieved so much if he hadn’t known what he calls the truth about risk.

When wrestling with an important decision, Dr Ben Carson asks himself four questions:
1. What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
2. What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
3. What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
4. What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?

Dr Carson says, “I think through these questions from my point of view, that of the patient, the parents and any other party involved, and by the time I’m done I know that I have considered just about every possible scenario and outcome,”

As they were walking along someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you no matter where you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but I, the Son of Man, have no home of my own, not even a place to lay my head.” He said to another person, “Come, be my disciple.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” Jesus replied, “Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:57-62 NLT How would these people have responded had they invested the time to ask themselves Dr Carson’s 4 Decision Questions?

Are you facing a tough business or personal decision? Try applying the 4 Decision Questions.

PS: Parents & Grandparents; Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is available on DVD and is an excellent video for kids from 6 to 96! Great for family film nite.

Bit of Wisdom
We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3 NLT

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