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.
On this web site you’re hear a lot about morality and the need for morality in business. Not only is Jesus our model, but in America’s history you will find additional examples of the same model. In this case, George Washington.
Per the video below, here is a snippet:
He was a big believer in individuals creating their own wealth by virtue of their own hard work,” says Lengel. “He took those principles and applied them to the country as a whole as President. He believed that what he did at Mount Vernon was a microcosm of what other entrepreneurs could do for America.
Another quote showed the conflict America had with the motherland of England:
“Americans–and Washington in particular–believed in the early 1770s that we would soon be able to produce for ourselves agriculturally, we would be able to produce manufacturing and industry, and the only thing that prevented that were British restrictions to entrepreneurship.”
Watch below and listen to the foundation of Washington’s entrepreneurialism.
My good friend Jimmy Graham, from Duty To Act and a former Navy SEAL, was talking about being the “quiet professional” with me and some other men and he began a discussion by posing a question: What should or would a “quiet professional” look like or be like?
It brought to my mind the John Wayne movie, The Quiet Man, where an American yankee moves back to Ireland to reclaim his family home and to make his mark. But part of leaving his mark is never fighting again nor letting others know he fought to earn a living and because he killed a man in the ring. Hence, the quiet man.
The movie shows the “fighting Irish” and all of the arguments they get into, but if push came to shove and a fight ensues, hopefully they follow the rules according to the Marquess of Queensberry rules of boxing.
The dilemma that Sean Thornton (John Wayne) has is this: To fight someone with the potential of killing someone or not fight at all. As we shall see, while there is a conflict, there are ways to resolve this issue. The same with being the “quiet professional.” It’s not an “either/or” argument, but an “and” for everyone.
But as a writer, words have meanings.
I have recently come across a disturbing and trending issue within Christian businesses and ministries regarding relationships that is making me grind my teeth and go to my knees in prayer.
It is becoming a regular occurrence. Those that are in a Christian “ministry” or business have an attitude of entitlement, an expectation of something for nothing, or even one where, because of their more “elevated” place in the Christian community (“my ministry”), that they expect to receive, AND fail to give credit to, those that have given to them.
For example. I was at a Christian fundraising event and had my newest book to show off to others. A Christian two seats away from me asked to see my book, which was placed in front of my lunch plate. I handed it to them and began speaking to the person sitting in the opposite direction. After I had done speaking with them, I turned back to the person I had handed my book to and saw that they had placed in with their personal stuff, as if I had given it to them. Another example at the same event. I was milling around the room and carried my book with me and a person wanted to take a look. After a few moments, they handed it back as if they were upset it wasn’t a gift. But yet, they never indicated whether or not if I had given them my book that they would have returned, in exchange for my book, with either a book review on Amazon or some other compensation for my hard work!
It’s becoming disgusting to see and hear.
Economics and the morality of business is a touchy subject for people depending on your family, history, experience, and Christian upbringing and exposure, but the truth of the matter is really rooted in what the Bible teaches us regarding the morality of business and the economics of property rights.
If you have a certain economic leaning, listen to what happened in America that affected our productivity since our founding based on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It goes far beyond simple economics, but also affects all of us during our lifetime.
Want to know about the 40 hour work week? Watch the video below or read the text, you’d be surprised at what is found out.
There is a new brouhaha that involves Taylor Swift and Apple. This issue from Swift’s perspective is about Apple is giving away free music for 30 days from artists that have music in iTunes.
What Swift is saying, using her buying power, is to take issue with Apple’s handling of music by independent artists.
It’s an all to often issue in business.
Here is what Swift says,
“We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
But here is the issue against Swift.
Battle of Long Island
While faith alone in Christ alone guarantees going to heaven, but how does my eternal destiny affect my temporal life decisions here on earth?
The resulting fruit of the American Revolutionary War from 1776 to 1783 came from the seeds of discontent planted in the middle of the 1700s with the various legislative acts by the British government in an attempt to control the American colony and economy. The British only saw the American colony as a source to import raw materials and then sell their manufactured goods back to the Americans for a tidy profit, creating a British “company store” for the American colony. Andrew Carnegie in his book Triumphant Democracy noted the harsh economic limitations place on the Americans by the British government, legislating steep restrictions as to what the Americans could pursue. The founding fathers, well steeped in the Bible, understood God’s Word regarding opportunities to grow, and their biblical ideas about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” bear repeating over and over again. Here’s where it starts.