Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 8, 2016
Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; afterward build your house and establish a home. Proverbs 24:27, AMP
Business discipline develops an appropriate strategy and follows through to execute the plan with precision. Over time this systematic approach produces a growing organization that is a sustainable and thriving enterprise. Business discipline comes from leaders who are disciplined: Women and men who understand the need for orderliness and integrity supported by first in class competency. When our passion is channeled into processes that allow our energy to be harnessed for ongoing productivity, then we are practicing business discipline. Patience stays in the process.
Solomon offers sound advice around establishing our work, before we build a house and have a family—wise words indeed. Back in the day of the small farms —it was prudent to save and pay cash for your land and take whatever time and work was required to prepare your fields. Today a young adult is smart to patiently grow in their profession, before they pile on responsibilities like marriage, parenting and debt. Better for someone to get their financial house in order prior to purchasing a home. Business discipline sets goals and moves forward by faith.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Fiscal responsibility is an important success factor for business discipline. Wisdom projects and manages cash flow in a way which provides capital to support ongoing innovation and is also prepared for an unexpected economic downturn. Staying on or under budget allows a firm to share its profits with the people responsible for its success. Also, fiscal responsibility as a business discipline gives back to the community. God entrusts His abundance to a generous company.
Wise personnel management is a difficult, but mission critical requirement of business discipline. Christian leaders and managers sometimes mistake harmony and non-confrontation as a sign of a healthy work culture. However, in almost all growing organizations some team members who brought us to our current stage of growth, do not have the giftedness and/or experience to take the enterprise to the next level of success. Loving confrontation regarding a person’s limited skill set serves best the employee and the employer. Business discipline involves firing and hiring well. You establish a culture that honors God, as you follow a prayerful process of business discipline.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me the conviction and courage to manage and lead with a humble business discipline that honors You.
ApplicationWho on the team do I need to talk with about their need to move into another role?
Related ReadingDeuteronomy 8:18; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 4:19; James 3:17-18
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