What is your foundation?

In any endeavor, business or project there has to be a starting point, a foundation upon which to start. Just as every journey begins with the first step, the foundation is that point at which you begin…something. Regardless of the ending, the beginning is the most important because at the start of whatever it may be, nobody knows the ending…at least not yet. We may have a dream, something which we would like for our business or our journey to have as its end point or goal to reach, but when we start out that goal is still in the distance. Sometimes it is very far away and distant, but we have it firmly in our mind.

Dreams and goals are wonderful for life as well as businesses because they give us something to strive for, to aim at…something which we are trying to grasp like the proverbial “brass ring”. Sometimes it is better to use a target or a bullseye as a metaphor for what you want to achieve in your endeavors, but whatever you choose you must never take your eye from the prize.

It is with this in mind that I want to remind you about someone who did take his eye from the prize. His name was Peter, and he was a disciple of Jesus. A very outspoken one, who clashed with his teacher at times and very likely with the other disciples too. But one night, Jesus had told them to go across the Sea of Galilee ahead of Him and He would join them later. As they were crossing, a storm came up and the ship was being tossed about.

It was about the third watch of the night (about 3 am) when they saw Jesus walking on the water, they all supposed that it was a ghost or spirit until He said, “It is I, do not be afraid!” Peter, being brazen as he was told Him to call him to come if it was Him. So Jesus said, “Peter, come to me.” Peter stepped out of the boat, and keeping his eyes on Jesus, began to walk toward Jesus on the water. The waves were likely crashing against his legs, but as long as he was watching Jesus and keeping his eyes on Him then Peter wasn’t afraid. Then, he noticed the waves were getting bigger and he became afraid and looked down at the water! At this point, Peter began to sink and he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Jesus reached down and grabbed him, pulled him up and they were at the side of the boat and got into the boat. At this point, the waves and the winds became calm as well.

The point of this is that as long as we keep our eyes on the prize, we will likely not falter or waver in our endeavor to attain it. Our foundation for our prize, our goals in life or business, should be to pattern our life and our business after the teachings of Jesus. If we will do that and follow Him and His example, then our life, professional and at home, will be much better in the long run and something that we can be proud of.

Think about that.

2013: A Year in Review

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With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com.

13,704,819 new blogs in 2013

That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.

489,281,136 posts in 2013

That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!

667,675,929 comments in 2013

That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.

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95,424,985 likes in 2013

That’s almost 38,000 times the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The most popular topics in 2013

You’ve written about thousands of topics in 2013. Here are the top ten:

  1. Photography328,763 posts
  2. Video289,493 posts
  3. Politics282,893 posts
  4. Music282,434 posts
  5. Life280,219 posts
  6. News259,493 posts
  7. Art240,367 posts
  8. Love168,657 posts
  9. Humor155,213 posts
  10. Food105,528…

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A fresh start

We have a new year to work with and dream through, so what do we do now? What should we do? It depends on the kind of business that you are involved in or really the kind of life that you want to live. So, what do you think that you should do this year? Have you thought about running your business in such a way that would be acceptable to your grandfather or to Jesus Himself.

How could I do something like that? I mean, being acceptable to Jesus is a fairly high calling isn’t it? Not really, if you look at the way that He told His disciples to conduct their lives. Giving of yourself without expecting much in return, conduct your business and its practices in the way that you would like to be treated, don’t charge for your services depending on the customer’s financial ability to pay.

Of course, by following these guidelines you may not become wealthy, at least according to the standards of the world around you. But, you will be satisfied in your spirit and if you follow the principles of the book of Proverbs and the principles which Jesus taught, then your treasure and your wealth will be gathered in Heaven. God may reward you while you are here on Earth, but if He doesn’t then you will still be better off than you would be if you didn’t run your business by His standards.

Your character and what you live by in your everyday life will show through in your business, regardless of how you may want to do your business. If your character is governed by your walk with and belief in Jesus, then so will your business be. If your character has not been molded by Christian principles and you don’t walk with Jesus, then your business and your life won’t be either.

These are parts of your life that cannot be separated. I am not being or even trying to be mean or indifferent, it is just the facts. Your life and your business are inseparable from the character that is present in your life, whatever it may be. This is not a part of life or business that can be learned or taught, it is a part of you that has to be learned from God’s Word. I know that I just said that it can’t be learned, but I mean that your character won’t change because of something that you get in school, it changes because of a relationship with God.

I know that many people don’t want to believe in God or “have an angel on their shoulder” telling them what to do and what not to do. That is not how it works anyway. Business and life follow the same paths, those which are based, at least in part, on how you want to be treated everyday tend to be more successful. Those which are based on greed and trying to get as much as possible without regard to the value of the product or its value to your customers, will ultimately fail. They might be successful for a while, but in the long run they will fail.

Think about it.