• Books I have read in 2010: 1

    Good to Great

Up your game

A few months ago I was sharing with one of my mentors, Greg Stier, this new revelation I have had in life to pursue being the best Christian businessman in the world.  After he thought a few moments about my statement he asked me what exactly I meant by that.  I went on to explain that my desire was to become as well rounded as possible in all things related to business so that I would be equipped to successfully merge business and ministry for maximum Kingdom impact.  I have no “formal” education when it comes to business, like a degree.  I haven’t even ever taken a business class.  But my desire is to learn and grow and become the best there is in business. 

I also shared with him my goal isn’t to do it this for my own fame or glory but to benefit Dare 2 Share Ministries and the Kingdom of God.  After understanding where I was coming from and what my desires were he shared several thoughts with me and had a great conversation for a good 30-45 minutes about the topic.

Of all the things he said, there is one statment that has stuck with me the most and it actually sums up the entire conversation we had, “Up your game!”  It’s that simple…and complex.  Up your game in everything that you do was his message to me which I totally appreciate.  It’s not just focusing on one thing here or refining my skills and knowledge in a particular area of study within the business world.  It’s a full on commitment to up my game in everything I do…attitude, dress, how I carry myself, as well as my business knowledge in sales, marketing, numbers, reading books, etc.

From that conversation and a few other follow-up conversations with many of my mentors I have come to sum up this goal in life as follows: “to successfully merge ministry and business to exponentially advance the Kingdom of God!”

A heart for Jesus & a mind for business,

My Utmost for His Highest – Jan 6

My Utmost for His Highest is a daily devotional that I have had since graduating high school but I have never read it from start to finish.  Considering my ambition to read a book a week in 2010 I figured this would be a great time to tackle this classic work by Oswald Chambers.  The devotion I read yesterday entitled, “Worship,” struck me enough that I thought about it for the rest of the day.

Genesis 12:8 “After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord.”

Chambers defines worship as, “giving God the best that He has given you.”  This idea makes sense to me and is something I have heard before.  But what he goes on to say next is what really got my attention.  In the above verse Abraham set up his home in a place that positioned him between both Bethel and Ai.  Chambers explains that Bethel symbolizes a connection with God while Ai symbolizes the world.  Abraham positioned himself between both of these influences in his life.  The idea is that if you position yourself completely connected with God you become out of touch with the world. 

While it may not sound bad to be isolated with God the fact is that you find yourself removed from having influence over anyone in the world.  Adversely, if you were completely connected with the world you would lose your rooting in the Lord and would become overcome by its influence.  The point of where Abraham placed himself for worship was that he could serve as a vessel or channel from God to the world.  The quote that sums this idea up the best reads, “Quiet days with God may be a snare.  We have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with God, however noisy our times with the world may be.”

I think the reason this devotional resonated so deeply with me is that I identified being placed between the two influences: God and the world.  It’s the core purpose of this blog and my pursuit in life to successfully merge ministry and business.  I found this an encouragement that I am on the right path, headed in the right direction, confident of the right motivations.  May this blog and my efforts to unite these two worlds be my act of worship.

A heart for Jesus and a mind for business,

Faith is not always “charge!”

We had an all staff meeting today at Dare 2 Share and Greg shared an idea with us that caused me to pause.  He said, “Faith is not always ‘charge!'”  The idea behind this statement is that often times in our faith journey to move forward and grow doesn’t mean that we will always be charging ahead.  It could be the exact opposite – we need to take a few steps back in order to move forward.  I don’t disagree with this statement at all.  There are several verses in the Bible that express this same idea:

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
       do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
       when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
       I will be exalted among the nations,
       I will be exalted in the earth.”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

All of this to say I understand that “faith is not always ‘charge!'”  What caused me to pause and ponder this today was the journey that I am currently on – pursuing the calling to successfully merge ministry and business to exponentially advance the Kingdom of God!  Does this same idea apply to the business world? Can you make the same statement about a business or an organization?  Is it a rational idea to say, “business is not always ‘charge!'”?  I would love your thoughts on what seems to a paradox and tension between the two worlds that I live in: ministry and business.

A heart for Jesus and a mind for business,