Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on the Beautiful

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #8 – The beautiful (not the ugly)

We all have heard the term “beautiful inside and out.”  That’s the kind of beauty we strive to be and the kind we should focus on.  One thing we know about physical beauty is that it fades.  Few people are able to sustain their looks well in to advanced ages.  But that is of little concern because at the end of the day, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.  I believe that the inside of a person – their spirits, their essence is so powerful that it transforms the way that people see them. The truth is that this happens whether the essence is pure or foul.  If someone is truly a good person, their countenance reflects it.  I believe it is the same for a bad person.  They typically look angrry – some times thier face is fopen in an unflattering edepression.

Individuals who think they can act contrary to their rhetoric are in for a rude awakening.  The world is getting smaller and smaller everyday.  The kinds of things that were said and done when I was growing up were not presented for the world to see in 140 characters or less.  The things we post on social media and all over the Internet are a reflection of who we are.  Are our posts beautiful?  During heated debates both sides say things that are unflattering.  The problem is that these types of conversations are better left unsaid – especially with the permanent nature of electronic data.  When we say something beautiful we want it to spread to the furthest corners of the world.  But when we are not our best selves, we ought to stay quiet because our grumbling might be heard in the farthest recesses of the world.  If we can’t truly be proud of your language or position, why say it?  And why write unflattering comments to people we disagree with?  This is not beautiful.

Beautiful is being on one accord and learning how to peacefully disagree.  We were created different so its understandable that we don’t always see eye-to-eye.  However, as children of the most high God, we must realize that we are more alike than we are different and that all of us are beautiful.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on The Best

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #7 – the best (not the worst)

It is so easy to allow ourselves to go down the rabbit hole of stinking thinking.  We don’t have to try real hard to let our minds slip to the most worrisome thoughts.  If we aren’t very careful, our thoughts can go off the rails and land head first into a dumpster filled with the most vile and horrific imaginations.  The thing about thinking is that we build up situations to be far worse than they actually are.  We start with a fragment of a thought and before we know it, we’re off building scenarios and contingencies based on something that hasn’t even happened.  What’s worse is when we go scouting for evidence to reinforce the negativity that we’ve created.  We search the Internet or social media for anything that confirms our worse fears.

We are so creative, yet we use our imaginations for evil rather than good.  We let our emotions take us for a ride that ends in a free fall. What would happen if we took all this creative energy and put it to good use?  It’s likely that we could figure out how to create a viable business.  Maybe we could expand the one we’ve been feeding our blood, sweat and tears.  Maybe we wouldn’t have to work so hard because the brilliant solution to our problems would be right there waiting to be implemented.  Our goal is to think on the “best” not the worst things that are going on in our lives.  There’s always plenty of fodder for the pessimist in us.  However, we have to go out of our way looking for nourishment for the optimist.  Our natural inclination is to see the bad in everything and everyone.  But we have to resist that urge and look for the best.  No matter how vile, we can search for and find the good.  By constantly being on the look out for the good — in fact the best, we are apt to find it.  Anything that we diligently seek we will find.  We will start to notice things we never noticed before.  I can hear the resistance now.  To be honest I feel it myself as I think about those situations and people who aren’t deserving of my consideration.  But who am I — who are we to determine that?  If Christ felt that way, He wouldn’t have laid down His life for us.  We could never be worthy of the sacrifice that He made on our behalf.  So what right do we have to count people out?  While looking for the very best in people, we need to pray for them.  The prayer isn’t God change them.  It is God, bless and protect them.  Again, the resistance as we think about people who we don’t think are deserving of a blessing.  The Bible says to bless them.  In fact, the Proverbs put it this way:

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the Lord will reward you (Proverbs 25: 21-22)

In order to get to a place where we can see the best (and not the worst), we may have to pray another prayer: Lord change me.  Even though we think we’re not as bad as the other fellow, we have to face the fact that we are not perfect either.  We need to ask the Holy Spirit to dwell on the inside so that distrust, fear, and dislike of our enemies will be eliminated.  The Bible also tells us that God will take care of our enemies, our only responsibility is to them.    As long as we think the worst about them, they will continue to wield power over us. As we think about the best and not the worst – even for our enemies – we may begin to shift our perspective.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Graciousness

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #6 – Gracious

Driving on the highways and the byways of this land will convince you that there are no truly generous people left in this world.  Have you ever noticed that if you put on your signal to alert the car behind you that you are about to switch lanes, they speed up?  Maybe that’s a secret code that they for got to teach in drivers ed.  Everyone seems to be in such a rush that there is very little time to be gracious.  When we do see someone acting in this manner it is something to stop and gawk at because it is such an anomaly.  Individual go to work at jobs they hate.  Others are struggling at home.  It seems like there is opportunity after opportunity to be tired, fed up, scared, dissatisfied; so much so that people have taken to the streets in protest.  We tend to see what’s wrong with the world and over look all the good that we take for granted every single day.

If we want to recognize graciousness in others, we must first start by being gracious ourselves.  What this mean is that we marshal all of our energy to be pleasant and generous.  When we would rather frown or scowl, we can choose a big wide welcoming smile.  Where we would walk by someone without speaking, we say “good morning.”  Where we would hurry though a door, we hold it open for the person behind us; that goes for the elevator door as well.  There is now a taboo on being politically correct.

If we were to achieve a modicum of of graciousness, we could expect changes in the fabric of our lives, our businesses, our society.  If we made it a goal to be pleasant to our customers, they would come back time and again.  They may even consider supporting our higher priced products and services over our competitors less expensive ones because they realize that they get what they pay for.  They may be willing to tell their cousins, co-workers, and comrades about the great produces and even better customer service.  If we made this a priority, it could be the unseen force that drives our business to the next level.  Being gracious seems like such a little thing.  But once we realize that the way we make people feel will determine how they engage with us.  It may even help to shift their mindset and their perspective.  Maybe a smile today could stop a person for doing something drastic.  We never know how our presence can impact other people.  This is all the more reason for us to be gracious at all times.

I wonder,  what would happen if there was a gracious movement —  one where everyone sought to be kinder, warmer, more gentle?  Would it be possible to change the trajectory of our world simply by changing individual’s responses to their situation?  If life throws you lemons, make lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon bars and anything else you can think of — as long as you transform those darn lemons into something more valuable.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Compelling Things

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #5 – Compelling

When something is compelling, it moves you to action.  This is a huge ask…to think on the compelling because there are so many distractions in today’s society.  In fact, the variety and multitude of things to focus on results in us being hard pressed to find something that truly compels.  We are lulled into a state of numbness by television, music, and print media.  We are bombarded with the most useless and senseless data and we are encouraged to major in the minor things of life.  Even when we are presented with important life changing information, we absorb it like that other trivial data because we are constantly being bombarded with more and more stuff.  At the end of the day, it’s very difficult to determine were we will focus our attention.  Asking us to focus on something that truly moves us, means clearing away the clutter and focusing on something that has the potential of being life changing.  If we are numb or drunk (having gorged ourselves on this world’s sensuous pleasures) we  will have little capacity to recognize and act on something that is truly worthy of our attention and involvement.  Focusing on the compelling is a great task.  What’s compelling for one may be a yawn for another.  However, most would agree that there few thing generally viewed as compelling:

  1. Disaster victims – we know this to be true because we watch communities coalesce around natural and man-made disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, 2010 Haiti Earthquake and 911 terrorist attacks.
  2. Rags to riches stories – we are moved by individuals who transformed their rotten situation.  We can’t seem to get enough of stories like: Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, JK Rollings, Sam Walton, Richard Branson, Chris Gardner (Pursuit of Happiness) to name a few.  If you’re not familiar with some of the names on this list, I encourage you to look them up – you’ll be inspired.  These stories compel us to work harder and push ourselves farther to pursue our dreams.
  3. An accident –  watching an accident or the aftermath of one seems to draw us in.  I remember when I was young and first heard the term “rubber-neckers” on the morning traffic report.  Simply put, people stop and stare.  They can’t help it, it’s human nature.  Some people stop to help.  Some dial 911.  Others go about their merry way.  But the grotesqueness of the accident is imprinted.  Maybe they drive a little more carefully.  Maybe they go home and kiss their loved ones.  Maybe they thank God for life, health, breath and strength.
  4. A miracle – if you have a first hand account for how God healed you, saved you, blessed you, or protected you, then you know exactly what I mean.  God’s might hand recovers the lost, averts certain doom, and restores what the enemy tried to take away.  Miracles happen in the ordinary and extraordinary. Just look at how a plant sprouts through a crack in a concrete jungle or how babies of all species emerge helpless and in due season become self-sufficient.  Looking at nature, or the human self-healing body, or the the concept of time and space.  All of it is awe inspiring and all of it is God’s creation.

 

As business owners, we are compelled to be the best we can be and offer the best possible products and service.  We want to create something of value that compels our clients to move (preferably toward us and what we have to offer).  However, just being able to stir something in them might be enough.  Maybe the thing that stirs sends them on a quest to find out what is true.  If they find Jesus as a result of something we did, said, or supported then we can proclaim victory.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Authenticity

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #4 – Authentic

Being true to yourself and true to what you believe can really pay off.  Having spent many years in Corporate America, I know a lot about doing everything in your power to fit a mold so that you will be accepted by management, customers, and coworkers.  I was so convincing at shape-shifting that it spilled into my personal life.  Even as a member of a grassroots arts organization, it was tough to shake that image.  It’s interesting how we define ourselves by what we do, who we parent, or what position we hold at church.  This may explain why some people are totally devastated when one of these areas fall apart.  I believe that if we take the time to find our true selves/our authentic voice, we will discover something beautiful lurking just below the surface.  No matter what we find there, it’s beautiful because it’s the purest representation of ourselves.

Leaving Corporate America and having a solo practice was probably one of the best decisions I ever made.  I discovered that my work ethic translated well to entrepreneurship.  I discovered that my desire to please my corporate clients translated into a desire to provide excellent customer service to my clients.  It also magnified key things about me like, I’m good at focusing on a project, but I can use it to avoid the hard and scary stuff.  While I love people, I rather connect than network.  Even after many years of being a successful salesperson, I still find it hard to beg for something.  My way around it is to offer a solution to a problem and act as a consultant to help my clients solve pressing problems.  Clearly this doesn’t work if you’re selling widgets.  However, I have found time and again that clients will go where their needs are being met and not hesitate to leave if they are not satisfied.

Being authentic in business means ensuring that you first line up with the things you espouse.  Your brand is one of the most important assets that you have.  Therefore creating, restoring or building your reputation is essential.  There are individuals out there whose job it is to work with corporate brands.  It may be wise to consult one of them.  Once you’ve done the hard work to ensure that you are in alignment, then you must make sure that everyone who operates under the brand’s umbrella has the same commitment to authenticity and that their views line up with the organization’s view.  You need to also make sure that you protect the brand so that it is not tarnished.  Authenticity means that you have consistent behavior and speech.

If you’re the leader of an organization, you may want to “authentically” lash out on social media and “give them apiece of your mind.”  But over and over again we see people losing their jobs (clients) because they couldn’t keep their opinions to themselves.  So while it’s great to be authentic, but it is also necessary to use prudence.  Verbally attacking or threatening doesn’t depict our best selves.  If social media brings out your “tell it like it is,” side.  I caution you to think about the unintended consequences of being negative (even when justified).  Take the high road at all times.  People will respect and appreciate you because they know that you have integrity.  Being authentic may see like a lot of work, but once the facade has been removed, we realize just how much hard work went into trying to get people to like us or accept us.  With the spirit of authenticity, we can boldly enter any room and dominate because we know who and whose we are.   We don’t have to resort to gimmicks or tricks to get notices.  We have all we need to make a huge impact on the world.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Being Noble

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #2 Think about high morals
When we think about something noble, we are essentially thinking about things that have or show the qualities of high morals or ideals. We aspire to be better than we currently are until we get to the point that we are our best selves.

Being noble means that we have the chance to present to the world the very best iteration of ourselves. We know where we are flawed or weak and we do every thing in our power to overcome the things that are in dissonance with who we profess to be. We know that we are not perfect and our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Yet we strive to show up boldly doing the work we even assigned to do.
In business, being noble plays out in every thing we do from the choice of product or service, who we target, the delivery method, our leadership and delegation skills,our customer service and vendor relations. The decisions we make and the interactions we have speaks. Plumes about who we really are.

Thinking on noble things simply means that we are constantly thinking about how to be excellent. As I remind my child regularly, excellence isn’t perfection. One can truly burn themselves out or drive themselves crazy seeking perfection. This is simply because no one is perfect except for Christ. Excellence is doing your absolute best, never holding back, putting everything you have in to accomplishing your goal. You may be excellent but still fall short. The great news is that each time we stumble, you have an opportunity to pick yourself up and start all over again.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Think on Truth

Philippians 4:8-9The Message (MSG)

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 – The Message MSG)

Mindset #1 – Truth

Clearly everyone has their own perspective or worldview.  This makes deciphering fact from fiction very difficult.  It amazes me how passionate both diametrically opposed sides of an argument can be.  Whether you are on this side or that side of center, you have a view.  Typically your views are similiar or identical the the people you know, love and trust.  The  old adage, ‘birds of a feather flock together,’ means  that we can expect people think and act the same as other members of their group.

We get to choose what to focus on and think about.  We can follow the masses and choose something sensational (like watching a run away train) or we can focus on the positive aspects of life.  Have you ever noticed that people can’t help looking at wrecks?  They focus on what has already happened (history) more than they focus on what is come (future).  Those living in the past are often nostalgic for the way things use to be.  Those with a future orientation look forward to better times.  We have to be very careful not to get stuck in the past.  Careful what you think about because your thoughts shape your destiny. Today choose to think on the truth and question anything that is false.  Don’t just take for granted everything your see and read.  Consider the source.  If you are asked to belive something, line it up with the Word of God.  If is measures up, it is TRUE.  If it doesn’t line up or if portions of it are false, then scrap the whole thing.

We need to build our businesses on a solid foundation.  One component of this foundation is the truth.  Speak to truth, listen to the truth, champinion the truth.  If we do this then our customers, suppliers, and stakeholders will find it easy to do business with us.  Chose truth over lies by asking for the scales to be dropped from our eyes so that we can see exactly what is going on.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Don’t Dare Quit

Sometimes the world seems upside down.  It’s during these times that we can find solace in God’s Word which tells us that we shouldn’t worry about anything because He is in control.

Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
topple into ruin.
But you, God, will throw the others
into a muddy bog,
Cut the lifespan of assassins
and traitors in half.
And I trust in you. (The Message Bible, Psalm 55: 22-23)

We may find comfort in an old inspirational poem such as:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

At the end of the day, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, as long as we know who we are and whose we are, we will be alright.  We need have to keep pressing forward towards our goals — our purpose and never, never give up. What God has placed on the inside of us is needed.  We have to cultivate it and bring it out.  It’s our job to show up in the world and be magnificent.  No matter how small the part we play — it is magnificent.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Anger without Sin

 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life (Ephesians 4:26-27  – The Message MSG).

We are human so it makes total sense for us to get angry when things don’t go our way, when we feel harmed, or when we are backed into a corner.  Most of us fly off the handle before we have a chance to get our emotions in check.  Often, acting without thinking will further exacerbate the problem.  Yet when we are angry, we have a difficult time controlling and managing our speech.  This is one of the biggest mistakes we make.  Instead of calming down before making decisions or talking, we react.  Just because we feel slighted doesn’t mean that we have to vent to the entire world.  Doing so can be harmful in the long run.

Some people can’t understand your perspective and will formulate opinion about who you are based on one moment of passion.  However, you may need a confidante.  This person knows you,  understands your situation and your perspective. They are a good candidate to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Bible tell us that it’s okay to be angry.  It’s what we do with this anger that counts.  Do we use it as rocket to launch something bigger and better? Do we diffuse it and call for our better nature?  It’s our choice.  We will be viewed by the decisions we make.

Whenever we struggle with anger, the best thing we can do is to turn it over to Christ.  He told us to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).  If we hold on tight to our cares, we run the risk of magnifying them and elevating them to a place that we will be unable to manage.  However, when we magnify God, our problems or concerns are reduced to their correct size.  No matter what it  looks like in the natural, we have read the end of the story and WE WIN!

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Series – Repeat

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand (Philippians 2: 1-5)

Caring conduct #8 – Repeat

Isn’t it interesting that the last charge in this long list of ways to behave is a repetition of a previous one?  “Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” is very similar to “put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.”  When we see something repeated in scripture we understand that it is importance.  Attention must be given to this sentiment above all others because Paul took the opportunity to state the same thing in another way.  The interesting thing about this one is that it calls us to be selfless and helpful at the same time.  It calls us to think about others rather than ourselves.  It calls us to be better human beings — more concerned about others that we are about ourselves.  It calls us to higher morals, bigger hearts, and greater compassion.  Pretty much all of the edicts in the scriptures focus on the way we should treat each other.  However, it’s not enough to love and be authentic.  It’s not enough to not try to gain an unfair advantage.  We need to be proactive.  We have to go out of our way to do something — namely help someone.  Most people are so caught up in their own stuff that they don’t even think about where they can make an impact.  The are so concerned with their issues and ambitions that they scarcely give the needy a second thought.  This scripture is calling us to flip the script.  It’s calling us to do things very differently than we were conditioned to do.  Society conditions [most of] us to think of ourselves first. Once we’ve gotten all we can get, we may start think of others.  What if we changed that?

Could this be a business model?  Surely individuals who are interested in social entrepreneurship are doing this.  Instead of solely having a profit motivation, individuals all over the world are thinking about real needs and finding ways to satisfy them.  Having an altruistic rather than materialistic motive means that people with real needs get service.  This is not to say that these social entrepreneurs are not making money.  At the end of the day an entrepreneur must have good business sense and practices.  If they don’t have a steady income source, they can’t say in business for very long.  Successful social entrepreneurs are are able to make money and keep their business viable.  However, the money is not the only thing that drives business decisions.  As we think about “forgetting ourselves” and “lending a helping hand.”  We have to decide what that looks like in our business.  Does it mean that we give a portion of our proceeds to a worthy cause?  Does it mean we have low to no cost offerings to make them more accessible?  Does it me that we meet people at their point of need?  Does it me that we help others to learn how to help themselves (teaching a man to fish so to speak)?  There are so many things that we can do to give more and help others.  We need to be creative in this area, remembering the words of the scripture:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38)

When we give, we allow abundance to flow to us.  I believe this is because when we show God that we will put the money he’s blessed us with to good use in the Kingdom, this is proof that we can be trusted with more.  We need to member that when we give, we are giving unto the Lord not unto man.  Colossians 3:23 says, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”  The sentiment is repeated in Ephesians 6:7 which states, “Serve eagerly as if you were serving your heavenly master and not merely serving human masters.”  Our businesses are extensions of ourselves and an opportunity to do ministry.  If we seek to help others we are taking an extremely bold step towards doing what God has called us to do.

Andrea Scott is the Purpose Guide. She helps you to discover your purpose and to create plans for doing what God is calling you to do. With her guidance you can make your dreams a reality, stop talking about what you’re going to do, and finally live the life you were created to live. Get more inspiration in her books Purpose Quest and Purpose Prayers. Share your faith with the world, check out True to the Word Apparel.

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