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My last name…

In Work on August 27, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Does a name mean anything?  For instance, when our President wakes up in the morning does he say to himself, “My name is on the line today, I better make good on it?”  Something tells me he doesn’t.  Anyways, while driving back to the office today a song came on the radio that I hadn’t heard in quite some time, it’s sung by country artist Dierks Bentley and is titled, “My last name.”  I was quite struck with its lyrics. 

If there is one thing lacking in business today, well I think there are many things really, but nothing as glaring as a lack of caring for the name given to us by our fathers.  Stay with me on this one… For me at least the name that is passed from my grandfather, to my father, to me, to my son is valuable.  It is how we are remembered, how we are known in our community.  My grandfather and father have worked too hard for me to squander this thing they have entrusted to me.  And I promise that I will develop this idea in my sons as well. 

Think about it.  A name lasts.

What I’ve learned..

In Uncategorized, Work on August 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

So here goes, I have learned that business is about people, not money, at least for me that is.  I am sure that there are many who have graduated from some of the most prestigious business schools in this country who would argue that statement, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  You see, what started this whole idea is a little Bible verse found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 6, verse 24.  Let me quote: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and money.”  That’s Jesus talking by the way.  Now, as I said this little verse has had a major impact on me because I like business, I like work, I like money.  So my question was how can I operate as a business man and not serve money?  How can I operate in my work and not serve money and direct my efforts towards making the stuff.  That’s why businesses exist right?  Not this one.

It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday.  We were engrossed in a staff meeting and the thought suddenly came into my mind…It’s about people stupid…Jesus was about people, I should be about people, my business, my work should be about loving and serving people within my defined limits.  It was a very liberating thought.  This is the thought that helps me attack the desire and temptation to serve money. 

There is one issue that comes along with this line of thinking however.  People are complex, they have issues.  That is why I say we must serve them within our limits.  God has given us all limits in which to operate and when we step outside of these we get ourselves into trouble, but that’s a different post.  For now remember, it’s about the people!

Welcome back…

In Work on August 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I type the above title just as much for me as I do for you, dear reader.  It has been awhile since I have typed here and over these last few months I have spent much time thinking, praying and learning.  I really think that God is leading me in some really great areas  relating to my work, your work, jobs, business and money.  That’s the direction I am now taking this here blog.  I certainly don’t think I have it all figured out but I am sure we will learn together.  See you tommorrow!