Long ago, a community was wallowing in poverty because there had not been rain for about 3 years. In desperation, a certain man prayed to God for intervention & got an idea of an invention never seen before. He was able to create a device that could pull water from under the ground to the surface.
As soon as the device became operational, many farmers wanted it for irrigation of their drought stricken farmlands. In no time, he was able to hire a large number of young unemployed men to help in this new ‘business venture’.
He suddenly became the newest rave & richest man in the community. He also became very powerful and influential in the community council where he had never been a member until then.
Without his input, far reaching decisions couldn’t be made. He dictated the price of farm produce in the market. He was so economically strong & powerful, but this gradually got into his head.
He forgot the source of the idea in the first place.
Every good business idea is from God because its first about offering value, not profit. Every business is an opportunity to do good works at a profit. So if you profit from your good works, God is not offended, neither does the profit neutralize your good works. Just give us value & make our lives better & we will pay a token for it & that eventually becomes your profit.
Business is therefore, a calling and a ministry, a ministry of service.
Back to the story, our friend forgot this powerful principle, that every business is an opportunity to serve the common good of people at a profit and did not manage this opportunity well.
Few months later, a young lady who had traveled out of the community in search of knowledge returned to the community & brought ‘drought resistant seeds’ in large quantities.
In no time, many farmers started buying & planting these new kind of seeds & the demand for the irrigation system diminished significantly, such that he had to let go of a substantial number of workers.
In a matter of weeks, he had just a few workers left & almost had no viable business again.
We should recognize that every entrepreneur is a steward & will account for his/her stewardship to God. Every opportunity God gave us will be accounted for, whether we are aware of it or not.
Be careful not to treat your staff as if they don’t matter because it is an opportunity for them to serve with you.
You must recognize that the productivity & resourcefulness of your business is also a gift & you must have a heart of gratitude.
Every customer you have translates to a service point & the more people you serve well, the bigger your opportunities.