It’s not personal it’s just business. The Godfather made this statement infamous, but I agree with it’s philosophy. I think also as a Christian that the biblical mandate to be innocent as doves and wise as serpents ties into this attitude.
I don’t have to tell you that life is never a tidy little package with a pretty bow we unwrap I think that’s why The Golden Rule becomes so important, because whether you make the Christ your Lord, the simple fact that good wins over evil spans every faith, every family and every business.
I’ve been processing this because of certain business experiences I’ve been having lately. An accountant friend ribs me about being a Bieber fan, but Bieber’s Never Say Never really speaks to me because when we exit college we really have no idea what to expect from life. We think we know, and to some extent those four years do a lot to define us, and grad school can mold us that much more, but for the most part there are so many extenuating circumstances we can’t plan for. That’s why we should not be so dogmatic about what “can’t” happen. Fact is we are never really in control. We fool ourselves into thinking so, but need I mention 9/11, and everyone has to agree that you can’t plan for things like that.
Hindsight is 20/20 at church, home and work, and so the best way to deal with it is to realize that every choice has a consequence. What will happen if I go here or say that?
Haste makes waste, but when you were in school do you remember conventional wisdom teaching you that your first guess on a test was your best guess? We can plan and plan for a specific outcome, and I think there is a lot of wisdom in that, but there comes a point when you have to make a decision and let the chips fall where they may.
Seek peace with that decision, and don’t go to that place that replays all the possible what-if scenarios. It’s self-defeating.
In the summer of 1994 I was pastoring a small youth group outside the Beltway in Virginia. I took them to see the opening of The Lion King, and Elton John sings about there’s more to do than can ever be done in The Circle of Life. When we arrive to truly appreciate that fact, and we are at peace with who we are and what we are doing with our lives a powerful life building threshold is crossed. I’m not saying we accept mediocrity or the status quo, but I am saying we reject the lies that tell us we need more of a certain thing, and you can fill in the blank.
The seasons of our lives were put into place long ago to create a peace within us that God set in motion the minute we were conceived, and our problems persist when we wish to be somewhere we aren’t.
Enron might be a viable company today had it’s executives followed this premise. The Twin Towers might still be standing if the militants who brought them down had followed this premise. Churches and families might be less divided if they were still and quiet enough to realize God has them where they need to be.
These thoughts apply to business at every level whether you have one employee or 40,000 employees. You cannot compartmentalize life in church, family and work areas. They run together.
And true independence comes not from the power of the government, but from the focus and ideas of it’s people determined to help others find their own independence in who God made them to be.
We make each other angry trying to get there, and relationships begin and end, but we never give up on the relationship factor in church, family or business because it’s embedded in our DNA. Life would cease to exist if we did.
This life is an amazing thing, so as you go about your daily routines thank God for the thing He’s created in us to display His power, love and provisions like the shot of espresso I just consumed.