Success is rented

business quotesI am reading a book called “Take the Stairs” by Rory Vaden.  In it he reminds us that we never own success it is only rented.

Business Quote “Success is rented never owned, it is rented, and the rent is due every day.”

I have heard this quote before, but it never really ‘stuck.’ When listening to the audio version of this book, it really stood out among many of his stories and quotes.

This was the first month I can remember that I had to remind my wife to pay the rent.  I usually see her come into the office and get an envelope to send the payment in.  This month I missed that action.  I texted her to remind her, even I had forgotten the beginning of the month came so soon.

We live in a rented home for now.  We will never own the home we are living in.  We know each and every day when we walk in the door that this whole place belongs to someone else.

It’s humbling and free to know that we are just renting a little place on this earth.  We make payments towards something that does not belong to us, yet we are free to move, leave and run away if we wish.

I think about the parable of the tenants in Matthew 21.  The landowners moved and let someone else take care of the land.  When the landowners came to collect the payment, the tenants rebelled.

We are caretakers, or tenants, in God’s business.  He has lent His business to us.  Each and everyday we have a choice to rebel or pay the rent.  Our actions tell how much we care about being a good steward of God’s business.

Take a moment to reflect, and if you need to, read the parable of the tenants in Matthew 21:33-46.  Jesus was talking to the chief priests of the day.  He wanted them to be aware that they should be bearing fruits and honoring God.  If they are not bearing fruits and honoring God, other ‘workers’ will be brought in to take care of the work they had started.

The rent is due everyday.  The way you treat your employees.  The way you lead with integrity.  They way you make decisions and grow your business.  These are all things that must be made with the mindset that this is God’s business and we are only renting it.

Reflection: Are you a good steward of all that God gave you?  If not, take action.  Dig into God’s word and seek Him first. If you are, just take a moment of silence and let God speak to you.  “Well done,  my good and faithful servant.”

Be blessed and be a blessing!

 

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