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That Was a Bad Decision

Who hasn’t made lots of bad decisions? Everybody makes decisions that do not have the results that we anticipated.  What may have appeared to be a marvelous opportunity or “to-good-to-believe” purchase wound up being an albatross!  When that happens, the person making that decision has a season of self-deprecation as they pummel themselves in their minds for being so foolish.  Here are a few that are historic examples of a “bad decision”.

In 1955, Sam Phillips sold a small recording company to RCA records for $35,000. It included an exclusive contract with a young man by the name of Elvis Presley. Mr. Phillips, in the process of what seemed a smart business transaction, unknowingly forfeited royalties on more than 1 billion records. This was a bad decision.

In 1936, Joe Schuster and Jerry Segal sold the rights to Superman for $65.00 each. In 1978, the movie SUPERMAN took in more than $134 million. This was a bad decision.

The Boston Red Sox won the 1915, 1916, and 1918 World Series on the back of their ace left-handed hurler George Herman Ruth. In 1919, the Sox sold Ruth to the New York Yankees where the Babe broke nearly every hitting record and won four more World Series rings.  It was said that Boston was under “the curse of the Bambino”. Until 2004, the Red Sox had not won another World Series Championship. This was a bad decision.  (Taken from Running, Rebelling, Ignoring…Bad Decisions–How do we handle them? By Brandon Robards , Aug 5, 2004).

The best defense against making bad decisions is to live with the principles of God firmly fixed in our minds through our knowledge of God’s Word.  Look at God’s encouragement to us….

Psalm 119:9  – How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.  Psalm 119:1-5Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! 

Proverbs 1:5 – Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.  Proverbs 2:1-5  – My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Proverbs 12:15 – The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.  Proverbs 15:22 – Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.  Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.