Does God catch you “red handed?”
I was recently invited to an event with the potential to join a group whereby it was focused on faith and work. Good premise and idea. Loved the idea and it’s sorely needed in the church today.
Nothing wrong with that, right?
But listening and discussing the issue with those involved took a turn for the worse. They wanted an “investment” of several thousands of dollars for their program over the course of about a year of effort and involvement. But I have found that it’s not only with this organization, but similar organizations and individuals have similar issues that I have come in contact with over the last few years. The issues are concerning resources, property, and “competition” and “control” within the Christian community, and this issue has become a “red-handed” way of dealing with members of the family of God.
Praydar, a portmanteau of pray and radar, is a term that I’ve coined to give rise to what I have learned recently.
Over a year ago, I was helping a friend move who, because of a decision they had to make, had to change and they “lost” part of their business. In the startup world, it’s called pivoting, i.e. changing direction. They said it felt “like I’ve been punched in the stomach.” I agreed, I would have felt that way, too, especially in the past, but having learned in the startup culture about pivoting, I no longer let that way of thinking about changing, or “failure,” affect me as much. However, this is not what this post is about, while change is the issue, it’s also about when to change.
This post is about learning about my praydar and having it up and running while being with others.
1 Thess 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
In the Greek, the word pray is present, imperative. We’re to commanded to continually pray.
While I commented to them about their situation and hoped that I may have helped, only recently did I realize that I failed my good friend.
Having a business discussion with my wife, she talked about how some individuals have “money” to burn in starting a business. Their business investment money comes from either a trust fund or they are subsidized by their spouse.
But the interesting comment was that my wife connected with was the fact that these individuals were unnecessarily spending money on things they considered they need versus things that needed to be done first.
What should be the first things first regarding business money and investment?
There is a familiar recruiting saying in the U.S. Army, “Be all that you could be.” In most cases, nearly all of those that enter basic training, no matter the branch, have never been pushed as hard or as in basic training or later on in other training, such as Army Ranger or Navy SEAL training.
As with all such training, it’s to weed out those that may not or can’t handle what is expected.
Too often the “be all that you can be” is translated that most don’t know their full limits, but are VERY aware of the limits they have come to believe or are lead to believe either by parents, friends, or even Satan himself. Those beliefs limit our capabilities in doing what God wants, and often needs, us to do.
It begins with our worth.
If you are ever interested in what a company is like when it follows Jesus and His way, here is an example. I heard Peter Freissle, CEO of Polydeck Screen Corporation speak a few weeks ago at a Christian Business Conference as he told how what God has done within his company. His story was not any different than others that I heard.
God can and DOES change lives when you allow Him into your business.
Watch and be amazed!
Have you heard how farmers are now seeing how God has created His system in nature and applying it to growing food? Agroforestry agriculture, or forrest farming or gardening, is following the forrest’s way of producing a bountiful harvest.
The basic idea is to follow the process and system that God has designed and be able to produce food and products for sale that is both sustainable and profitable.
The idea is to mix compatible plants, spacing small plants to large trees so that both complement each other and sustain each other during the life cycle of harvesting and planting.
When it comes to finding what we’re to do in life, it begins with YOU!
Because God designed YOU for a specific purpose. But don’t be alarmed if God changes your directions. There are two directions that are possible.
If you turn yourself around, like the prodigal son, you’re switching from going YOUR way to going GOD’S way. That is turning around. Some people need to turn around, 180 degrees.
But it’s what happens AFTER you find out your new direction. That is your WHAT. WHO are you and WHAT are you to do with your life. In startup language, a new direction is called a pivot. It does not have to be 180 degrees, but it can be a 10 or 25 degrees from where you are heading now, but it is a change of direction.
The next question after your what is finding your WHY. Do you want to know your WHY? Read and watch below.