Mar

3

2015

4 Words That Can Transform (or Ruin) Your Business

As 2%ers (entrepreneurs and leaders in for-profit, privately-held, Biblically-based firms), God has wired us to make things happen!

So we, like all great businesspeople, make our plans and go after them with a vengeance – all for the ultimate impact for the Kingdom.

4 Words Transform or Ruin

But this can be a terrible – even fatal – business mistake.

Here’s why.

Our Typical Approach

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’.” James 4:13

I raise my hand in guilt – but also for forgiveness – for the many, many times I have shared with others of MY plans, of MY great ideas, of MY new wheelings and dealings, of all the money I could make (for the Kingdom’s good of course).

And so have you.

So what is wrong with making plans to expand your business, to reach new customers, to be more prosperous? Nothing, unless you heed this warning.

The Warning

“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14

Sobering! James’ blunt, bottom-line style wastes no words and tells it like it is.

We have no (zero) guarantee that we will even be on this earth next year of the year after. On our own power, we have not idea what tomorrow may bring. So anything we plan on our own is ultimate a waste of time for us and our entire organization.

The 4 Key Words

“Instead you ought to say, “ If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:15

The four key words are: “If the Lord wills.” Without these, our plans are very likely outside the will of the Lord.

But it is far more than merely saying these words. It is fully embracing them, embedding them deeply into our hearts and habits, to become the very foundation of our business.

Think about this: If we are doing something outside of the Lord’s will for our business, why should He bless us?

But these is even more reason to embed these words into our business leadership. A very sobering reality is that if we chose NOT to embrace these four words…

The Sin

“As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:16-17

Wow! James cuts no slack.

Without the will of the Lord in our businesses, we are doomed to nothing more than our own boasting and hoping rather than His blessing and prosperity!

A New Covenant 

These four words can indeed transform or ruin your business. So here is my charge.

From this day forward, make a covenant with the Lord that you will:

  1. First and always seek His will in everything you do in your business, and
  2. Begin every conversation of these plans with, “If the Lord wills…”

So, who will join me in this new business covenant?

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Feb

19

2015

How Bold Prayers Unleash God’s Power In Your Business

bold adj. unreserved in speaking; without ambiguity; openly frank; free and fearless confidence;

Chances are, even as a 2%er, your prayers for your business may on occasion be (how can I say it…) lame. If not lame, at least not as powerful or as bold as they should be.

In my book, The Impacter, I tell the story of how one man transformed his company and his community on Biblical principles of excellence including boldness.

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Here are three powerful ways to take your prayers for your business to a higher level of impact.

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Feb

13

2015

Why 2%ers Have An Unfair Competitive Advantage

2%ers (men and women who lead for-profit, privately-held, Biblically-based firms) have an overwhelming competitive advantage in the marketplace. Yet most of us don’t really know it, understand it or leverage it for the glory of God.

About 99.9% of all leadership books focus on how the leader should lead others. But that entirely misses the key point, the critical question that every leader (especially 2%ers) must answer.

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The critical question is not, “How does the leader lead?”

The critical question is, “What leads the leader?”

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Feb

3

2015

5 Biblical Keys to Managing Stress

Stress is something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. We all get it, although we so desire to avoid it. And when it hits, it usually hits us hard.

Yet believers have an unfair advantage in overcoming stress and it’s potentially devastating effects.

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Here are 5 Biblical keys supported with 10 verses on how to manage stress [and a link to my post on Jesus’ stress management system.]

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Jan

29

2015

How to Overcome the Fear of Accountability

It’s a word so many dread but know we need.

Accountability is simply the willingness to accept responsibility for our actions. Yet being held accountable need not be painful or scary.

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Here are the simple truths on how to overcome the fear of accountability.

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Jan

27

2015

4 Steps to Overcome Opposition

Few leaders throughout history faced more harsh opposition than Nehemiah. His response to the extreme opposition is a classic case study in how to overcome opposition in business.

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Here is an overview of the opposition Nehemiah faced and the 4 steps he took to win.

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