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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The Passenger

The Passenger

The Passenger

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he’d told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg.

It had been a year since Susan, thirty-four, became blind. Due to a medical misdiagnosis, she had been rendered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity.

Once a fiercely independent woman, Susan now felt condemned by this terrible twist of fate to become a powerless, helpless burden on everyone around her.

“How could this have happened to me?” she would plead, her heart knotted with anger.

But no matter how much she cried or ranted or prayed, she knew the painful truth-her sight was never going to return.

A cloud of depression hung over Susan’s once optimistic spirit. Just getting through each day was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. And all she had to cling to was her husband Mark.

Mark was an Air Force officer, and he loved Susan with all of his heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become independent again. Mark’s military background had trained him well to deal with sensitive situations, and yet he knew this was the most difficult battle he would ever face.

Finally, Susan felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus but was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. Mark volunteered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city. At first, this comforted Susan and fulfilled Mark’s need to protect his sightless wife who was so insecure about performing the slightest task. Soon, however, Mark realized that this arrangement wasn’t working – it was hectic and costly.

Susan is going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But just the thought of mentioning it to her made him cringe. She was still so fragile, so angry. How would she react?

Just as Mark predicted, Susan was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again.

“I’m blind!” she responded bitterly. “How am I supposed to know where I’m going? I feel like you’re abandoning me.”

Mark’s heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Susan that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as long as it took until she got the hang of it. And that is exactly what happened.

For two solid weeks, Mark, military uniform and all accompanied Susan to and from work each day. He taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new environment. He helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her and save her a seat. He made her laugh, even on those not-so-good days when she would trip exiting the bus, or drop her briefcase.

Each morning, they made the journey together, and Mark would take a cab back to his office.

Although this routine was even more costly and exhausting than the previous one, Mark knew it was only a matter of time before Susan would be able to ride the bus on her own. He believed in her, in the Susan he used to know before she’d lost her sight, who wasn’t afraid of any challenge and who would never, ever quit.

Finally, Susan decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around Mark, her temporary bus riding companion, her husband, and her best friend. Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, his love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their separate ways.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…Each day on her own went perfectly, and Susan had never felt better. She was doing it! She was going to work all by herself!

On Friday morning, Susan took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying for her fare to exit the bus, the driver said, “Boy, I sure envy you.”

Susan wasn’t sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live for the past year?

Curious, she asked the driver, “Why do you say that you envy me?”

The driver responded, “It must feel so good to be taken care of and protected like you are.”

Susan had no idea what the driver was talking about, and asked again, “What do you mean?”

The driver answered, “You know, every morning for the past week, a fine looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the corner watching you when you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely, and he watches you until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks away. You are one lucky lady.”

Tears of happiness poured down Susan’s cheeks. For although she couldn’t physically see him, she had always felt Mark’s presence. She was blessed, so blessed, for he had given her a gift more powerful than sight, a gift she didn’t need to see to believe – the gift of love that can bring light where there had been darkness.

God watches over us in just the same way. We may not know He is present. We may not be able to see His face, but He is there nonetheless!

My Wish For You Today! Is To Be blessed in this thought: “God Loves You – even when you are not looking.”

Never ever doubt God’s love for you. Remember GOD is LOVE.

By LindieAnn

Meditation: And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Has God Let You Down?

Has God Let You Down?

One day a local evangelist bragged during a crusade that his God was more powerful than all the other gods in the town and the powers that the villagers worshipped put together. Just then, rainstorm started sounding overhead, threatening the progress of the crusade.

The evangelist lifted up his voice and declared with confidence that if the rains fell, then he wasn’t a man of God; he would stop preaching. Before he finished speaking, the rains began to hit the crusade grounds so vehemently, without regard to his declarations. The whole town left the crusade ground for their houses, shaking their heads in dismay.

The evangelist, so distraught and angry, packed his belongings and left the town the next day. On his way through the next town, he checked into a local bar and drank himself to stupor. As he laid on the ground cursing God, an old seedy looking man tapped him gently on the shoulder.

“Man of God”, the old man began. But the evangelist quickly cut in, “Don’t mention the name of God to me. He is fake. He is unreliable. I am no longer a believer in this God. A God who chooses to disgrace his servants. Leave me alone!”

But the old man would not let him be. He continued, ”I am the fetish priest in the village you preached yesterday. During your one week stay in my village, you destroyed all the charms I had made on the people for 45 years. Your prayers and your words always came with some fearful fire and power. I tried so many times to eliminate you but I couldn’t. My last chance came yesterday. I had loaded my gun with gunpowder lying in wait on the mountaintop where I had a very clear view of you.

My plan was to shoot you from a distance since I couldn’t get close enough to you due to the fire around you. But just when I lifted the gun, the rains came from nowhere, wetting my gunpowder and covering you in a cloud so that I couldn’t even see you. All I saw was a bright man holding a sword in front of you.

I was so terrified. I concluded that your God was indeed all-powerful and Almighty. That is why I’ve been looking for you since then. I want to follow this your God!”

The ex-evangelist bowed his head in shame.

Sometimes, it is just wise for us to believe that our Father knows the way He is taking us. We should just trust His leading. Let our boast be in the Lord, not in ourselves. If we decree a thing and it doesn’t happen, let us not see it as disappointment or dishonour from the Father. Let us just believe that the Father wants His perfect will to be done in all things.

Meditation: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6

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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