“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
“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
“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”
“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