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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Protect It.

“The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.” (Pro 27:18)

When we are given responsibility at work we need to receive it with a sense of responsibility. If we treat it well as if it were our own it will bear fruit.

When we protect the areas we are given with integrity and excellence, they will prosper. The byproduct of this is that we will actually be blessed by what we protect. He who guards the tree will eat of its fruit.

Plus, as we operate in a spirit of protection we will be given more responsibility because we will be deemed trustworthy by God and man.

Quick Prayer: Give me a spirit of preservation and protection. Amen.