Last week, we discussed the importance of memorizing God’s Word and storing His Word in our hearts. Have you chosen some verses to diligently treasure in your heart by memorizing them? Perhaps they are verses that spring to life from the pages of the Bible. Perhaps they are verses that cause a stirring in your heart as you can relate to them in a practical way. Perhaps they are verses that have just touched you deeply. When this happens, take time to ponder them and memorize them as God has blessed them to you.
Remember, God’s Word includes all the information you need to make decisions and deal with every day, and unusual, situations. The key issue is: knowing what God has written in His Word, having it in your heart and being able to readily it apply to the situations in your life. God wants you to know His Word, trust His Word and actively live His Word.
The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. The law of his God is in his heart. Psalm 37:30- 31
Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
For it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. Proverbs 22:18
I certainly have a number of verses that regularly come to mind in work situations. And the more opportunities God gives me to use them, the more readily I can take them from the storage of my heart to the words of my mouth and the decisions of my mind. It does not stop my continuing to be a student of God’s Word, but I have found there are some verses that are more regularly used than others! How about you? Do you have verses that you regularly refer to and practice in your walk with God at work? I would like to share some of the ones I store in my heart and I hope they will be a source of wisdom, direction and peace for you if you consider hiding them in your heart as well.
My dear brothers & sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:9
I use the above verse quite often! All businesses will potentially deal with an irate customer, upset staff member or an error in a process. In those situations, it is important to gather all relevant information while you yourself may be anxious about the situation. As you take time to listen, you are demonstrating respect as you wisely gather relevant information. As you focus on being slow to speak, it gives you time to calmly respond, even if it is to say you will need to take time to think. Listening well, and wisely waiting to speak, will also help to keep you from becoming agitated or angry.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27
Owners have a business to run and staff to care for and, in this, an opportunity to demonstrate fairness and grace while still watching the bottom line. Staff are entrusted to us to provide a fair salary, fair opportunities and gracious understanding of what their needs may be while they do the work they need to do. This is where business and biblical principles combine and both need to be wisely considered. Perhaps someone needs time off for a break. Perhaps someone wants to leave for an hour to watch a child’s soccer game or music recital. These opportunities do not come again and you have an opportunity to help them balance work and personal life and not withhold this from them when it is possible for you to. Ask God to give you wisdom in this area and be sensitive to the needs of others. In this way, you will have many opportunities to shower blessings on your staff when you are able to.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Whether you are the sole owner of a business, or have a partner, it is important to have advisors. God is your ultimate advisor and that is why it is crucial to be praying about your business and reading His Word. Advisors can be professional ones (like lawyers, accountants, HR consultants, etc.) and/or mentors (trusted people you have respect for). Don’t forget that your staff can be, and should be, advisors and that is why regular staff meetings and communication is so important. Being part of your professional association and/or business networking groups is also wise. Advisors provide information as well as support and can save you time, energy and heartache as you make the best decisions for your business. During COVID-19 and all the changes that needed to be addressed, I was part of a Clinic Owners group, sought input from family and staff and also from professionals. All of this was invaluable. And, don’t forget to thank, in some way, anyone who is an advisor to you.
May the word of Christ dwell in your richly. Colossians 3:16
Have a wonderful week and God Bless!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work