Should you be a woman of faith, and should you run a business, you may want to do more in your daily life to integrate your faith into what you do at work. We have some ideas for you here, some of which may already be relevant to you. But if not, and if you have been worried that your Christian faith has been on put on the sidelines because of your general busyness, then implement the following approaches today.
Do your best work… God has given you the skills you need to run a business, so in everything you do, always strive for excellence. Use your talents to produce quality work, remembering the people you are serving by what you do, as well as your Father in Heaven.
Proverbs 31: 31 says, “Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
Show gratitude… Be grateful for the business you are able to operate each day. Be grateful for the people who help you run your business. Be grateful for the products and technologies that enable you to run your business successfully. Be grateful for the money that you are generating. And thank God for each and every aspect of your business, and for the work He has tasked you to do.
Psalm 95: 2, says “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.”
Forgive mistakes… We all make mistakes, and in business, the mistakes we make can be many. But should we let them rule our lives? No, we need to move on, forgiving ourselves of what we have done, and learning from the mistakes we have made. And the same applies to those who work with you. If any of your team makes a mistake at work, correct them by all means, but don’t hold it against them. Forgive them, and provide a way for them to move on to better themselves.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Support the people around you… You’re a busy woman, but you should never be too busy to help a colleague or a customer in need. If you know somebody is struggling, spend time in support, be that as a listening ear or an active hand to lift them up and help them. Follow the example of the Good Samaritan and not the person who walks on by because they have better things to do with their time.
Hebrews 6: 10 says, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Share your faith… This is a tricky one, as you don’t want to alienate any of your customers or colleagues by the words you say. But it’s about being appropriate. When you see an opening, take it. You shouldn’t be ashamed to proclaim your faith, so if you are able to offer prayer to somebody in need, or if you have a point to make from a Christian standpoint, then do it. Ask God to give you those opportunities too, and to bless and help you as you share His word and love. And remember, back up your words with actions. If you have shown God’s love through your behavior, people will be more willing to listen to what you have to say.
Luke 12:12, says, “For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
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