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BUSINESS FOCUS: Making Decisions

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When faced with a tough choice, the Bible can help us get to the best solution when we have clarity about impact of our options and we operate in the truth of who we are in Christ.

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But test everything; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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1 Thessalonians 5:21 references prophecies; however, it is also instructive when considering options, making decisions and taking actions in business. Let’s put this bible verse into practice.

Let’s say you are charged with selecting a distribution partner to help increase your market share for a particular program, product or service.

If you need to move the needle right now, it’s easy to make a decision based on what you need to happen today … forgetting to consider that what you do today could limit what your business or organization is positioned to do tomorrow.

Here’s how 1 Thessalonians 5:21 can help:

1. Get clear about how working with each company is likely to impact your today, tomorrow, and 5 years from now. Test the impact of working with each company (or considering multiple options in your own organization) by thinking through each option.

  • Revenue: What’s the potential for increase now? Is the option you’re considering positioned to help foster continuous growth? Think of some other both “bottom-line” focused questions related to your organization.
  • Relationships: What’s the leadership like at each company? What’s their reputation in the marketplace? Will working and partnering with this option contribute to a positive culture within your organization because of their values and operations? Or, will working with this option make a dent in your positive business culture or good reputation? Think of some other reputational impact questions related to your organization.
  • Results: Will selecting this option only fill a current need for now … or will it help create solution that will last in the days to come. In’s your turn … look into the future of your organization.

2. Be intentional about selecting options that (based on the results of your test) will add the most value to your business culture and those you serve both today and in the days to come. This is how you build legacy-making sustainable success.

  • Create space to do a proper analysis in every situation for which you have to make a decision or take an action. Do this every time.


Here’s some truth … the more intentional you are about getting clear and being intentional … the more instinctive getting clear and being intentional will be.

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