Protect Yourself

Protect Yourself

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Pro 4:23)

Our hearts are hard to understand. They are the wellspring of emotion, feelings, motivators, and passions. We can damage our hearts by exposing them to the wrong influences, and they can be deceptive.

This Scripture tells us that everything we do flows from our hearts. Wow, now that is something we just do not understand. Even what we say is influenced as “out of our hearts our mouths speak” (Mat 12:34). Be careful of potentially destructive relationships in your business and private world, and do your utmost to protect your heart. It is obviously an important part to protect.

Quick Prayer: Help me guard my heart, Jesus. Amen.

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Tongue Holding

Tongue Holding

“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” (Pro 11:12)

Sometimes the best thing you can say is nothing at all. Giving someone a piece of your mind may be a piece you can ill afford to lose.

There is grace in overlooking an offense, mercy in not taking retribution, and forgiveness in answering gently to a harsh critic. Grace, mercy, and forgiveness are all things that have been freely given to us.

Let’s treat others as God has treated us. Thank goodness He does not give us what we deserve. Why not treat others as God treats us? Our businesses will be all the better for it.

Quick Prayer: Help me bite my tongue sometimes, please, Lord. Amen.

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Be Gentle

Be Gentle

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Pro 15:1)

When we are in a position of authority in our company, there is a temptation to be harsh. We can easily display emotions that are not appropriate. This is especially true when we are faced with an angry person.

The wisdom of this Scripture is that an unexpectedly gentle response can disarm a potentially volatile situation. Often when we are challenged, we may assume a gentle answer is a sign of weakness and that authority demands a certain demeanor. This Scripture would indicate a better way.

Leadership does not demand that we act in a harsh or distant manner. Our example is Jesus. How did He act? Take a look in the gospels for an example of true leadership in action.

Quick Prayer: Help me to be gentle. Amen.

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Integrity

Integrity

“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (1 Chr 29:17)

Do you ever feel that you are being tested? Are you going to do the right thing? What about that thing that just popped into your head? You know, the thing you know you should really be doing but are reluctant to do?

Do the right thing, and let God sort out what happens next. Let the consequences be what they may, and be obedient to His call of integrity. As we move in obedience, He can release the most unexpected blessings.

Integrity counts. When we have integrity in the small, seemingly insignificant things, we prepare ourselves for being faithful in the larger temptations and challenges. If you feel like you are being tested, it is probably because you are.

Quick Prayer: Help me to maintain integrity in all I do and say. Amen.

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How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?

How Do You Treat Your Suppliers?

“So the craftsman encourages the smelter, and he who smooths metal with the hammer encourages him who beats the anvil.” (Isa 41:7 NASB)

Now this is an interesting question! Are you brutal and over demanding of those who supply you goods and services? Isn’t it a good business practice to extract the last possible cent from those you do business with? The Bible shows us a more synergistic relationship of mutual respect and encouragement.

Long-term relationships built on an understanding of shared profitability can be priceless as cycles move and pricing power shifts up and down supply chains. Building those relationships on respect and going to the extent of encouraging our suppliers is doing business God’s way. The very fact that it does not happen very often ensures that you will stand out, become a customer of choice, demonstrate a different approach, and represent the God you profess to serve.

Quick Prayer: Help me to demonstrate Your grace to my suppliers. Amen.

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Do You Value Your Team?

Do You Value Your Team?

“For the body is not one member, but many.” (1 Cor 12:14 NASB)

A successful business is the interaction of many tasks performed by many people. Valuing each member of a team regardless of his or her task or role ensures an inclusive culture and internal communication.

Like any chain, you are as strong as the weakest link. Often the hidden people doing the seemingly mundane are critical to a smooth, effective organization. Public and private acknowledgment of their significance is not only the right thing to do but also produces a wave of genuine productivity.

Do not underestimate the power of taking time to say hello. Encourage and take a genuine interest in the personal life of all your staff, especially those others ignore. You will be amazed at the results.

Quick Prayer: Help me to honor those You would have me reach out to, Jesus. Amen.

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Are You a Promise Keeper?

Are You a Promise Keeper?

“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”
(Ecc 5:5 NASB)

Our integrity is always demonstrated by what we say. Do we offer more than we can deliver? Do we paint a picture that is overly rosy? Do we dangle a carrot in front of our staff that will be hard to meet? The Scripture says our yes should be yes and our no, no (see Mat 5:37). There is no grey, just black and white.

Sometimes it is not easy to say it like it is. Often when circumstances change, we struggle to meet our commitments. Perhaps we should do what we said we will do and let God sort out the consequences. He will honor a stand that is done in line with His requirements of us.

We can live by the Word of God, keep our promises, and run a successful, growing, profitable, influential business.

Quick Prayer: Jesus, You always demonstrated absolute integrity. Help me to walk like You. Amen.

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What Comes First?

What Comes First?

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Pro 3:9)

The principle of giving a portion is infused in the Scriptures. Honoring God with a holy portion, tithe, or sacrifice is a spiritual principle. If it is all His, why not honor Him with acknowledging His Lordship by bringing the tithe into the storehouse?

This is not a legalistic practice but a Godly discipline and acknowledgment that all we have comes from Him. It helps keep it all in perspective. We think so much about these things that a fresh perspective is probably not a bad thing.

He doesn’t need your money, but He does require your obedience. I have found that a surrendered heart moderates greed. Perhaps we need to give to receive.

Quick Prayer: I will give You the best part of all You have given me, for You are my Lord. Amen.

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