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In the last article we dealt with this question and came to understand that the answer depends upon the condition of the inner heart.

It’s okay for Christians to be rich but there are some strong warning in the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy and warned him, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”

And then he goes on to say, “And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

Is it Okay for Christian to Be Rich?

The answer to that is an emphatic Yes and No!

How can this be? It is because so much of what we do is not based upon what we see it is based upon what is going on inside. What is our heart condition?

Paul said to Titus, “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” 1:15

Tim was wondering why he was feeling so stressed out and struggling with depression and frustration. He was always behind on his projects. He felt like he was running, running, running but getting nowhere.

Then he came across a study from the UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), they discovered that clutter has a big impact on our moods and self-esteem.

They found that the more stuff a women had in her house the higher the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, was in her system.

Creating Value

April 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Don’t wake up each morning wondering how you can make more money, instead be thinking how can I create more value. Money will follow the value and not only money but peace, joy and pleasure in what you are doing.

Help people solve their problems and the money will follow therefore focus on how you can help people.

Make a list of ways that you can help alleviate other people’s pain. Think about your skills and passions and than write down the ways you can use your strengths to help other people overcome their weaknesses.

Every Christian Business Owner should strive for excellence in their work and business. The foundation for becoming excellent is skill development. The Proverbs tell us that a person of excellence will be recognized. “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.”

I’ve discovered 12 essential business skills that will make your business distinct. A little extra effort is the difference between average and exceptional. You don’t have to be perfect in all these skills but any effort to grow and develop will set you apart from others in your field.

More on Being Diligent

“I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;

And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles;

Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:

A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest;

So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.”

Trusting In God Doesn’t mean we don’t work hard In Our Business

 There’s God’s part and there’s our part.

Trusting in God and not leaning on our own understanding or strength doesn’t mean we sit back and just wait for things to happen.  The Proverbs tells us, “He who has a lazy hand will become poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” 10:4

Another proverb says this “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” 12:24 We are not to be afraid of hard work in fact we are to embrace it.

God is too complex for us to grasp His complexities yet simple enough for even the little child to understand.

The pride of man leads us to pursue the complex but when we do, we miss some of the most powerful principles of life and business. We tend to think, “If it’s too simple than it can’t be effective”.

Naaman the leper in the Old Testament almost missed his healing because he wanted the prophet to come and do something spectacular in order to be healed. Instead the prophet gave some simple directions. Naaman was angry at the simplicity of the command and was ready to walk away but his servant convinced him to at least give it a try and Naaman was healed.

Answer the why

September 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

The “How to” is important but the why is what keeps you going.

Why do you do what you do? Why do you want what you want?

A strong enough why can enable you to endure any hardship. It is the why that gives meaning and motivation.

Why am I doing what I’m doing?

Why did I start doing what I’m doing?

Why am I still doing it?

Why should I keep doing what I’m doing?

If current answers to your whys leave you uninspired and unmotivated than you need to reevaluate and adjust your direction.

A very important number in your business is the lifetime value of your customer.

The lifetime value of a customer is how much profit you’ll make from the average customer over the time they will shop with you.

Here is how to figure that out.

What is the average initial purchase they will make with you?

Subtract the expenses and you get the profit from the average customer.

How often do they buy each year?

How long will they stay with you? One year, three years, five years?

Always figure on the low end.