Dear Friends and Students who are seeking
to live the life of an Entrepreneur.
Those who follow and practice the Christian tradition are most likely familiar with the big R word = Redemption. The word is rich in meaning, belief, and action. But for the Christian Entrepreneur there is a related R word that is our focus now for Principle Five in being a Christian Entrepreneur.
I have taught that in the Hebrew Scriptures where it says in Genesis 3:6 … “The woman looked at the tree: the fruit would be good to eat; it was pleasing to the eye and desirable for the knowledge that it would give. So she took some and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, and he ate it.”
Right there, there should be a huge sound effect of crashing and breaking, destruction. You see, the Universe broke. From then on “Paradise” is gone and all things are now going to tend to the bad, the broken, the lost, and all will go wrong. That will be why we need the big “R word.”
But now in these words, please see another related R word that may be part of your mandate and mission for life, career, and business.
God’s message: Guard my common good: Do what’s right and do it in the right way, For Salvation is around the corner, my settings-things-right is about to go into action (Isaiah 56:1-2)MSG
You’re blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (Matthew 5:8)MSG
God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight. Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye. (Psalm 11:7)MSG
They don’t seem to realize that this comprehensive setting-things-right that is salvation is God’s business, and a most flourishing business it is. (Romans 10:2) MSG
… Now a profound note of gratitude and attribution. These wisdom words and the setting-it-right principle is based on the study and teaching of my friend and fellow teacher, Tim Hoerr, who has been asked to be one of the teaching contributors to The Christian Entrepreneur Project and radio program.
Now here is the deal. The world of innovation, creation, and entrepreneurialism is full of created stuff that does nothing to better the common good, and help people better their situation. Unfortunately the marketplace rewards people who put junk and even worse than that into the world, and does not necessarily reward virtue and setting-things-right for folks.
But do it anyway despite the accepted marketplace wisdom! Your job is not to just make money!
I am reminded of Peter Drucker when he was told that the now MBA programs were now teaching young business leaders that the purpose of a business was to increase shareholder value; responded dryly, “Well some of us think differently.”
One of my proudest achievements is helping Luis start his own entrepreneurial business. He had lost his job in the copper mine that had closed and gotten work doing maintenance at a local community college. He was very “handy.” He could do and fix lots of things.
Luis is proudly half Mexican and half Apache; he often says with a smile. I once told him that I believed that the translation that says Jesus was a carpenter probably had a different meaning than what we give it today as someone who builds homes and fine furniture (All great “creation” work”), but that it was more of a occupation of “fixing things, repairing things… taking something that is broken or not working, and getting it to work right.”
Luis smiled and said “That is what I do…” “Just like Jesus, I fix things.”
I helped Luis set up his own little business on the side and it grew fast and he had to quit his job to keep up with all the work he was getting. I saw Luis the other day and he introduced me to two men from his church “who are now working for him.”
Again some random thoughts, a good story, and some words of wisdom that come from a source greater than anything I could say or do. But I hope they are enough to get you thinking and asking about Principle five of The Christian Entrepreneur.
Could it be that the work we do, the business we are in, and the things we create are to help in restoring and setting things right, and better, and good, and maybe, very good, not only in the marketplace, but in the world we live in and share with God and others?
Short version – Do what is right that sets things right!
Just let it sit on your head for awhile.
All the best and blessings,