“We’ve been told to be careful. But we’re going to be careful all the way to Communism if we don’t start standing up and saying ‘no.’”
Political correctness is great, at times, but today it is being used as a way to beat people over the head for their beliefs. Especially Christians. It seems that many people are pushing the belief in God out of their lives or away from their lives altogether. Why? Belief in Him is not a crutch!
Why am I getting into this on a site which is supposed to give advice to business owners? Because, God’s Word contains so much advice to people who run businesses and how to live your life successfully. Truthfully, I am a pastor and I am tasked with telling people about God’s plan for their lives but your business life is also important to Him as well.
I know that some would ask, “Why would God care about my business?” Simply put, it is because He cares about you and those who frequent your business whether it is a brick and mortar business or online. Success in life and in business takes a lot of determination and drive but it also takes a toll on your life in more ways than many people imagine. You are constantly in the front because of being the owner of the business, you are in charge of all of the purchasing decisions, it is your name that is on the line when something goes wrong ultimately.
This kind of stress can wear a person down in ways that, frankly, we were not created to handle on our own. So, what can we do to help ourselves in this situation? Really, not much unless you are a so-called “Type A personality”. Who can help us in our time of crisis or just in everyday operations? Our co-workers can if we learn to delegate authority by allowing them to take some of the burden. Your spouse can help by being supportive in your area of business.
All of these people can assist you in taking some of the stress off of your shoulders, if you will let them. But what or Who can you or will you turn to when the stress builds, as it always seems to do, and it seems that nobody can help you?
You know the times. A deadline is approaching or you have a client that is getting restless. Suppliers and shipping problems compound the issues because you have no control over them or their schedules. Do you have an outlet for this kind of stress? Some people turn to alcohol or drugs but this only adds to the problem, it covers it up temporarily but the problem hasn’t gone away. Your only real help in this situation is God.
Oh-oh, I did it. I brought that up again. Business shouldn’t be run by God! Why not? Isn’t the church a type of business? Some large churches have many people on their staff including lawyers, secretaries, accountants so why can’t God be involved in business? God’s advice is free and available to anyone who will read and study His Word, but the advice that He gives in just one book is worth as much as a college degree.
Bring Him into your boardroom or just into your office and allow Him to change you and your business in ways that you may never have considered. Your clients will thank you for it, some may do business elsewhere but you will acquire better ones when they leave. Your business will be more stable and very likely more profitable. If it is, don’t forget to give back to God His portion. It will come back to you in ways that you might not realize.