Tuesday, May 5, 2009

An odd way of doing business

My friend Robin once asked me whether I'd ever prayed something along the lines of, "Lord, let what I do count for the Kingdom, but so that you get the glory, not me!"

When I said I had she smiled ruefully and explained that her husband Rick had also done this. It seems, she said, that the Lord answers this prayer by bringing us both to the point of admitting that our own resources are not enough to accomplish the tasks before us. In the words of Shania Twain, "That don't impress me much!"

Years back I realized that Jesus is either Lord of everything or nothing. There is no middle ground. But my life since has been one of having to learn how to put that realization into practice, and it's not easy. I keep wanting to take back control.

It's certainly not the usual way of doing business where we push through obstacles through force of will or application of money, technology or other resources; and are quick to claim the credit.

As we form and run a business, how do we keep this realization alive and meaningful?