Is not this the Carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not His sisters here among us? And they took offense at Him. (Mark 6:3)
Before Jesus started His ministry, he was a carpenter. That is why don’t think that Jesus was here to do the ministry, because He was prepared for His ministry through His works.
This world thinks that the fruit of the business is profit. The truth is, the fruit of the business is love. In business, we won’t be able to fulfill our customers’ need if we don’t love them. It we want to have a great team, we also have to love our staffs. There are 5 groups that we must love in doing our business, which are: customers, staffs, government, suppliers, and business partners.
The secret of winning is winning the battle before the battle begins.
David said to Saul, Let no man`s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him. And Saul said to David, You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth. And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father`s sheep. And when there came a lion or again a bear and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and smote it and delivered the lamb out of its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard and smote it and killed it. (1 Samuel 17:32-35)
When David wanted to fight Goliath, David said to Saul that he is a well-trained person and he proved it. If we want to be successful, we have to become well-trained people. David had been prepared by numerous fights before he faced Goliath. You might have prepared yourself, just like David who had prepared himself before he faced Goliath.
There are 5 things we need to add in doing the business:
The better teacher is reflected experience. Make yourself get use to ask: what can we learn from this experience? How can we do better for the next?
We need mentor. Many people do their businesses long before we do. Talk to them, ask them for suggestions and feedback. The failure of a business is due to the pride that lead us to feel that we are the best and it hinders ourselves to learn from the experts. The previous lessons are the experiences, but learning from someone else’s experience will save us a lot of time and energies.
A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone completely trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40)
Focus on our expertise so that we can be excellent.
Maybe we have dreams and have plans about it. We also pray for those dreams and plans, but it won’t work until we act on it. In James 2:26 it is written that “For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from works of obedience is also dead.”
Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude. We are called to be excellent in everything we do, like mentioned in Colossians 3:23. So, don’t just connect to God in spiritual matters only, but do everything for God and not for others.
Speaker : David / Writer : Lenny / Translator & Editor : Mei Ling