Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

Psalm 1 as A Business Principle (4)

In continuation of our series on meditating on Psalm 1 as a business principle:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

The blessed man delights in the law of God; and, in the context of our discourse in the past few days, a Psalm 1 businessperson is in business to please God among other things.

A Psalm 1 businessperson delights in knowing and following the counsel of God. Obeying God gives him/her much glee, as against indulging in practices that rankle against His grain in the name of doing business.

A Psalm 1 businessperson does not allow the trends of the time to sweep him/her into acting in contravention of divine will. And when there is a clash between obeying God and doing things the popular way, he/she would rather operate in tandem to divine precepts rather than doing what may be considered commercially expedient.

While a Psalm 1 businessperson is in business to make money, what really drives him/her is higher than financial returns and thoughts of personal gain. A Psalm 1 businessperson puts God at the centre of his/her consideration, and by so doing is wired up to serve humans beyond lip service, because pursuing the good of humanity is a direct offshoot of genuine love for God.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (3)

Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (3)

 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

The Psalmist also says the blessed man does not sit in the seat of the scornful. That means he does not take the position of scorn and contempt, criticism and condemnation. The Psalm 1 businessperson does not assume the role of a faultfinder, identifying all that is wrong with everything and everyone, spotting problems with ease everywhere without proffering solutions to them.

Those that seat in the seat of the scornful assume the role of judge over everything and everyone; pinpointing what is not and postulating what ought to be with no concrete effort to fix it themselves. A Psalm 1 businessperson is not like that. He/she identifies a problem and sets out to fix it in an intelligent way that will bring commercial or altruistic value.

He/she does not balance on the seat of scorn and launch a tirade against individuals, setups, government, and the system. The Psalm 1 businessperson is a systematic thinker, an intelligent doer and a solution provider.

Anyone who wishes to make a difference must be of the same mind and be similarly disposed in bearing.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Psalm 1 As a Business Principle (2)

Psalm 1 As a Business Principle (2)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

The passage also says the blessed man does not stand in the path of sinners. That is to say, he does not follow the path that sinners take and does not indulge in habits that sinners enjoy. A Psalm 1 businessperson does not get involved in a business that is common among sinners; he/she avoids any business whose operations thrive through sinful practices or whose survival and profitability can only be guaranteed by orgies of sin.

A Psalm 1 businessperson avoids going into such businesses, no matter how lucrative it is or how popular it may be in his environment. Because a Psalm 1 businessperson fears God, he/she eschews sins and other indulgences that may irk God. This his/her consciousness of God helps him/her to make critical and everyday decisions that affect life, career, business, and other social relationships.

A Psalm 1 businessperson does not stand in the path of sinners, so he/she avoids a business line that sinners love to practise, neither does he/she make or market products that promote sin and rankle against the will of God.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (1)

Psalm 1 As A Business Principle (1)

For the next few days we shall be meditating on business lessons in Psalm 1.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.Psalm 1:1-3

We shall devote the next few days to analysing Psalm 1 as a business principle that will help any pioneer and his/her business to remain competitive and viable. 

The first verse of the passage says that a businessperson who must be described as blessed does not run his business by the “counsel of the ungodly” or ungodly principles. In making business decisions, everything must be considered in terms of black or white, pro-God or anti-God, no middle course. Any practice that will not glorify God is done away with, no matter how popular such may be in the world of business.

The touted winning formula of the day are sieved through the panel of the word of God or His counsel before they are accepted and implemented. The Psalm 1 Businessperson can hold his own and does not allow himself to be sucked into the ideas of others, especially when such ideas violate the tenets of God.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Build A Winning Workforce

How to Build A Winning Workforce

Here is a Daily Dew insight on what it takes to build a formidable and Winning Workforce in a workplace.

Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people. – Genesis 14:14-16

In the light of the passage above, we see how Abraham, with a paltry 318 servants in his household, went to war against and prevailed over four kings and their armies.

Now, what was the secret behind the defeat of four bigger bands by Abraham’s small army? The Bible says they were trained. In other words, Abraham invested in developing the capacity dof his workforce; he trained them in the art of war, which was a prized skill at that time. So, he had a bunch of champions around him who could face any opposition with confidence.

Apart from that, he must have also drilled them in other essential life skills; the more reason he could commit to one of them the all-important responsibility of looking for a wife for his son in a remote land, where he couldn’t censor the choice of woman the servant would choose for his son (Genesis 24).

Thus, the key to building and maintaining a winning workforce is to invest in their personal and professional development by exposing them to training, coaching and mentoring sessions where their latent skills can be developed and their current skills honed for greater effectiveness.

That was the principle Abraham adopted, and the secret behind the routing of four great bands of warriors by his 318 men.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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A Lesson in Leadership

A Lesson in Leadership

Leadership is the focus of our meditation in this third instalment on the lessons to be learned from the daughters of Zelophehad, we will be considering some Leadership lessons from the person of Moses.

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher…And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: “Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”  So Moses brought their case before the Lord. – Numbers 27:1-5

The third insight for our meditation from this passage is a leadership lesson; particularly the leadership style of Moses. Two lessons stand out from this. Firstly, he was an accommodating leader and was neither high-handed in his reception of the daughters of Zelophehad nor dismissed their request as women’s talk. Rather, he welcomed and heard them out.

While this may not seem like a big deal, it is. Many persons at the helm of human endeavours – politics, business, religion, and other affairs – are more interested in downloading what they have to say rather than hearing out the people they are leading. The hospitality threshold of many leaders is very thin, and they are only at their indulgent best when they are in the glare of public eyes. Move closer or watch them at a close range and you will be shocked at what you will see. Moses wasn’t that way.

The second lesson is the humility of Moses. He did not make out to have an immediate answer to the request of the daughters of Zelophehad. He did not pre-empt God or make as if he had all the answers, after all he had been communing with God at close quarters. On the contrary. he requested for time and then took their matter to God for counsel. This show of humility is not common in these days of super, all-knowing leaders who make as if they have at their fingertips the solution to all the problems of humankind.

It requires humility on the part of a leader not to try to show or prove to his people that he has all the answers to their questions at the asking. It takes a great leader to consult God on knotty matters rather than show bravado and act in error. Moses was that kind of leader, and that is how you ought to be.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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