You work very hard to make your business successful. Why? To become the market leader, to make your clients’ or customers’ lives better, to pay the bills and get out of debt, to save for your children’s college education, to take a vacation or two, to build a retirement nest egg and to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. These are all good.
I just read Matthew 4 about the temptation of Jesus.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Having your own business gives you the freedom to hear God’s voice and to be guided by him. Freedom of direction – how you spend your time, what goals you set, how you structure your day to reach those goals, is a wonderful thing.
Are you approaching your day and week with a view of letting God in? Your business can be a place of worship. It’s the place where you you treat customers and staff the way God would have you treat them. It’s the place where you constantly give thanks for the talents and ambition you’ve been given. Its the place where God’s grace is working through the highs and lows you experience each day. Its the place where you can set boundaries to make time for your family and friends.
But it can also be, if you’re not careful, the place where the focus becomes gaining “all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor “- or whatever that means for you.
Keep your business a blessing, not a curse, by keeping why you do what you do in perspective.