The Big Picture

The Big Picture

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Mat 28:19)

This is the ultimate vision and the ultimate goal—pure, simple, and compelling. All our efforts, focus, and resources need to be subjugated to this clarion call.

Alignment to this vision unlocks all the power and resources of God. Why? Because this is His command to us. He came to seek and save the lost. When we disciple, we move a person from hearing the gospel to living a life that demonstrates true transformation. We double our impact as others come to a level of maturity that ensures they are capable of leading and discipling others.

What are we doing to impact our businesses for God? As we influence those around us, we will impact communities, cities, and ultimately nations.

Quick Prayer: Let my life count and have an impact for You. Amen.

Do Your Staff Members Know Where They Are Going?

Do Your Staff Members Know Where They Are Going?

“The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” (Acts 19:32)

How cohesive is your team? If you asked them to articulate their main purpose or the company’s key goals, could they tell you what they were?

A creative environment with lots of open opinions should be valued. A culture where differing positions are not only tolerated but encouraged is rare yet desirable. However, a process of decision-making based on specific, demonstrable goals and outcomes, underpinned by clear jurisdictions and authorities, is critical to contain this vibrancy in a cohesive structure.

When you place potential in an enabling structure, there is a synthesis that produces a multiplier effect. Take the emotion, innovation, and creative passion and place it in a structure to guide and channel that power, not one to contain and constrain it. The motivation for structure is as important as the structure itself.

All this has to be undergirded by crystal-clear leadership, sounding a definitive note, bringing an end to confusion of direction.

Quick Prayer: Help me to give clarity of leadership. Amen.

Do I Communicate Our Vision Well?

Do I Communicate Our Vision Well?

“And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly].” (Hab 2:2 AMP)

Here are some great aspects to how our vision should be presented:

Written: If it is in your head, no one can see it.

Plain: Keep it very simple so that it is memorable.

Everyone: Make it available to all.

Passes: Keep it accessible and in plain view.

Read: Did I already mention written?

Easily: You don’t need big words to be credible.

Quickly: Short is good.

How clear is your vision statement, company idea or purpose, or whatever you choose to call it?

Test it against the mandate above. There is a lot of Godly wisdom in a plain, simple, easily read, available, clear vision.

God gave us one: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all men.”

Quick Prayer: Lord, please give me clarity and the ability to articulate it effectively. Amen.

Do You Have 20/20 Vision?

Do You Have 20/20 Vision?

“Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.’” (Hab 2:2 NASB)

A key part of leadership is demonstrating and constantly communicating vision—not vision as in foresight but vision as in a clearly articulated picture of the desired future.

Without a clear vision, your team will be disparate, pulling in many directions. With a clear vision, unity will prevail. Effort will be concentrated on a desired future state.

All levels of your business can benefit from understanding where you want to go. True leadership releases people with empowerment, but without a clear vision, that is not possible. Unless we all know where we are going, we can’t do our part to get there.

Jesus gave a clear vision statement just before He left: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mar 16:15). That is what it is all about. Jesus then empowered us with that mandate and resourced us with the ultimate helper, the Holy Spirit. Surely we should emulate this model in our businesses.

Quick Prayer: Lord, give me Your vision for my business, and help me to communicate it clearly. Amen.

Good fear.

“Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.” (Psalms 34:9)

Is God some big overbearing parent that needs to be appeased? Is He a harsh taskmaster that demands obedience and waits to punish any error? No, no and no. We serve a loving heavenly Father who sent His only son to die in our place. There is no greater love, than His for us.

Yet He remains the creator of the universe, whose footstool is the earth. He spoke all that is into being with a word. He has always been, omnipotent and omnipresent. Our small minds cannot begin to image His overwhelming size, power and strength.

So lets not let His love cloud our awe and sense of fear. That holy fear that is based in respect and acknowledgement of who He really is. 

Quick Prayer. “I am in awe of you Lord.” Amen

How do we align our thoughts to God’s will?

“Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

If only my thoughts were aligned to God’s will. Take a look at this scripture. If we cast our works onto Him, commit and trust them to Him, He will make us think along the lines of His will. Why? So that your plans will work, and you will have success!

That is staggering in it’s significance. Trust Him and He will turn our hearts to His will. We know that if we are in His will, He will guide us and lead us. How comforting to know that as we commit our works to Him, He will turn us to not only hear from Him, but our very thoughts become His thoughts. Truly the mind of Christ.

Quick Prayer. “I commit my business to you, please align my thoughts to your will that my plans may succeed.” Amen

Do you have a Plan?

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5.)

The old adage goes; “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Cliched, yes, but it is none the less true, and the scriptures agree. I have seen many business plans that have been so long and so complex, as to render them useless. They go straight in someone’s bottom drawer, only to see the light of day at the next ‘strategic review.’

Planning in its purest sense is clearly identifying what you want t look like in the future. Taking a view, say three years hence, and very clearly, and more importantly, demonstrably and empirically, writing down in the simplest measurable terms, what your business should look like. My personal view is to do this as an “ideal sweet spot” in your industry, regardless of your current state.

The second phase looks at how you will get from where you are now, to where you want to be. Just the significant things that need to be done. A short list broken down into 90 day segments. A list of no more that ten things that will build you toward your stated goals. Again these should be measurable, demonstrable and allocated to a specific resource. Review this every 90 days and set your next goals, taking into account any changes in the internal or external environment over the last 90 days.

This is a one page, goal driven planning process that is flexible, easy to understand, inclusive and moves you toward where you want to be. You will be amazed you quickly you can move. The planning process ensures you focus on what is important, rather than what is urgent. That you focus on what will make you great, rather than just good. That is a vital distinction.

Quick Prayer. “Lord, help me to plan, and as I commit these plans to you, bring them to pass according to your word. Thank you and Amen”

What belongs to you?

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

All that we have, all that we are, all opportunity, relationships and resources, have come from Him. In reality, when we take an eternal perspective, all we have is on loan from our beautiful Creator.

Let’s hold only what we have lightly, as stewards and faithful servants. Imagine a world where we caught the reality of this truth. Were we truly used what we have for the Kingdom.

Quick Prayer. “Lord, I acknowledge that all I have, and all I am, is from you. Use me for your glory.” Amen