CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Decision Making: God’s Role / Our Role. Do you clarify God’s role and your role when making decisions?
This week we will focus on Success: End vs. Process. As we plan we have an end in mind. In setting SMART goals we state what the end will look like. Our Values help establish boundaries as we work toward accomplishing our goals. Accomplishing our goals helps us accomplish our Mission. This is all good business planning and execution. But, is God more interested in us reaching our goal (success) or in the process as we work toward that goal?
“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
I’m suggesting God is more interested in the process than the end goal. God has the right to change the target, the end goal. Even when we’ve prayed much and are sure a given goal is in line with God’s will, He has the right to change the target. When we’re following Him more than focusing on our dream goals that we think are success, we are more ready to accept God’s changes. Then we are the clay in the potter’s hands. And yet, LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NLT
Does this mean we should not set goals? Just let go and let God? No. It means we need to plan and do our business by The Book (process) and keep our goals (end) under God. (A company under God.) Do you focus more on the end or the process?
Bit of Wisdom
Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-17 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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