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Thursday, July 3, 2014

(Jabari) Parker's Process

Many Mormons and Non-Mormons are busy analyzing Jabari Parker's decision to leave Duke, bypass a LDS mission and enter the NBA.

I'm not interested in his decision. I'm interested in his decision process. This recent New York Times article provides us with the following clues from these quotes:

Parker declined to be interviewed for this article, but his bishop, Eddie Blount, said Parker had been seriously considering a mission. Parker was a regular and active participant in church meetings, but he saw the N.B.A. as an opportunity that was good for him and for the church, Blount said.
When Parker declared himself eligible for the draft in an article in Sports Illustrated in April, he made clear how difficult the mission decision was for him.
“I’ve been weighing this question for the past two years,” Parker wrote. “After talking with my family, my local church leaders and a couple close friends, I’m at peace with my decision to forgo a mission for now and join the N.B.A. I don’t consider myself an exception to the rule. At this point in my life I know this is the right decision.”

You and I have no business analyzing his decision. However, we can analyze his process. Two years of thought and reflection suggests it wasn't made in haste. Many people were included in the process, including church leaders and family members. I think we can infer that prayer played a part as well.

This is as it should be. Sometimes we forget that part of decision making in this life is learning how to conduct a good decision making process. I, for one, applaud his moral decision making process.

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