Should you follow best or God’s practices for your life?
I finished reading a book, “Thank God It’s Monday,” by Christian businessman, Rick Heeren, who is in the marketplace ministry. Having been in business myself for a number of years, he used the term “best practices” in his book.
“Best practices” has been known to me since the 1990s when I was in the USAF learning and teaching TQM, Total Quality Management, gobbling up each and every book I could about process improvement. I came to learn about TQM from ASQ, American Society for Quality, and TQM is defined as, “describes a management approach to long–term success through customer satisfaction. In a TQM effort, all members of an organization participate in improving processes, products, services, and the culture in which they work.”
However, I have since left that organization and moved on, but Heeren’s use of the term struck me: Shouldn’t we be talking about God’s practices?
John 15:14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.
You find a lot of marketing materials by speakers, coaches, and CXOs (CEO, COO, CMO, etc.) that market themselves or others as “thought leaders” (You can find my thoughts about being “thought followers” subject here).
But it comes back to the thought: Who are you following?
Are you following someone that follows Jesus? Even IF they say they’re “following Jesus,” are they doing it for pure profit or “sordid gain” like Benny Hinn does? Or are you following someone that you don’t know who they are following?
Because who you follow determines your daily habits, either God’s or “best practices.”
While I read a book a month, I read my Bible everyday, and according to James 1:5, I ask two things from God: Impart to me my wisdom for the day, and, let me know what my assignment is for the day. Because I want to know what God’s practices are so I can please Him.
Since Jesus said I am His friend, I am loyal to Him first, to myself second, and to my neighbors third.
So follow God’s practices and you’ll automatically be doing best practices.