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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As a Christian, your prayer life may be the biggest secret to your success.

This week we talked about using email marketing for business.  I wanted to make sure you are considering your marketing in prayer.  When you send out emails, you are sending something to help another person.  Hopefully, you are taking time to pray for each person and each email you send.

I ran across this prayer for business. I always wonder what kind of prayers other Christian entrepreneurs pray.  If you ever struggle praying for your business, listen to this prayer.  Let it give you some prompts to begin to pray fervently for you business.

 

 

Prayer is not what we do because we have to it’s what we do because we understand its power.

 

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Equipped for Good

May God equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:21

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Hebrews is written to a Jewish audience. As Paul is ending his letter, he makes sure to cover all the bases he may have forgotten. It’s practical and simple.

He starts by reminding us to ‘keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.’  He wants us to keep in mind we are all part of God’s family because each of us is a child of God.  Next, he tells us to show hospitality to strangers and not to forget those who are in prison.

In verse 4, Paul shifts to more personal relationships.  He tells us to honor marriage and keep away from sexual immorality.  Then, he jumps right into money and tells us not to love money, but be content with what God has given us.

Again there is a shift in verse 7 where he jumps to religion.  He talks about strange teachings, high priests and sacrifice.  The Jewish audience would have perked up here as Paul puts Jesus in with the high priests and sacrifices.

One more shift happens as he talks about having a continual sacrifice of praise to God.  He tells us to do good and share with others.  We are to respect those in authority and pray for those doing the work of God.

Paul wants to make sure he leaves his readers with a lot of wisdom to think about.  He ends by honoring what Jesus did for us on the cross.  He says we are equipped to do the work God gave us and we are to please him.

Everything we do in business should bring honor to God.  It starts with the way we treat others and the way we honor our family.  Our relationship with money should not be out of proportion to our relationship with God.  We are to glorify Him with our money, our actions and our praise. Have you ever thought about your work as a praise to God?

We are to glorify Him and raise Him up.  God has equipped you with everything good and if you focus on the good things God has given you, the ways of this world and the pull of sin will have a lot less influence on your life and your business.

Remember what God did for you.  As the God of peace, He created an eternal covenant with you by bringing Jesus back to life so He could be our shepherd.  We are children of God and He calls us to do His will and be his face on this earth.

May God equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Hebrews 13:21

writing emails for businessChristian entrepreneurs can write powerful and engaging emails with a few simple tweaks in the way we think about email marketing.

We have been talking about email marketing.  I want to emphasize again, as Christians, we are building relationships with everything we are doing.  We may be looking for sales, but ultimately there is a person behind every transaction.  We are called to help them.  That is why we are in business.

With that in mind, let’s talk about how to write emails.  Of course, you can buy an entire course to learn this, but I think you can learn what you need from this simple blog post.  Don’t overthink it.  Write emails like you talk to people.

 

How to ‘talk’ in emails

I have seen too many businesses sharing emails like this: “Hello valued subscriber.  We have the greatest assortment of widgets.  Go to our page to buy are widgets.”  Static…boring. . .uncaring!

Even if you are a professional organization, the point of emails is to communicate.  People communicate with people not corporations.  Don’t write from the corporation to the customer.  Write from one person to another.

If you saw a great movie, you would quickly tell anyone who would listen.  You would use personal words like “That movie made me feel like I could conquer the world.”  If you heard a great sermon, you would share with your friends.  “The pastor knocked it out of the park this Sunday.  The sermon really got me thinking about how to deepen my relationship with Christ.”

That is how you write emails.  They are personal, engaging and use words real people use in real life.

 

Write Subject Lines people want to open

Make sure your subject line gives your readers a reason to open the email.  This person may be getting hundreds of emails each day, so you want yours to stand out.  Use powerful words and curiosity.

Some of the most interesting email subject lines I have seen recently involve words of emotion.  “I messed up,” was the title of an email I got recently.  It intrigued me, so I opened it to see what it was all about.  This is known as a ‘blind’ subject line.  It builds curiosity.  Only use these if you have established a relationship via email over the course of a few weeks.

Most of your emails will have a subject line that offers value.  “Here’s an article about how you can get more customers for your nail salon.” It shares the value and tells the reader why they should open it.  Be careful it does not become spammy.

Spammy subject lines may be “Try my stuff free.”  “Hurry, before it’s too late.” “Money for nothing.”  Things like that can quickly end up the email spam or trash folder.

Use words with power and action. Think about how you can make the subject line sincere, snappy, emotional, celebratory or even joking.  People want to get to know other people and if your subject line can engage your customers, they will readily open your email.

Pro Tip: Develop a ‘swipe’ file.  Anytime you see a good email subject, copy it and put it in a document or folder within your email.  Use these as primers when you write your next email.

 

Personalize You Communication

If you are writing, even if you are using an autoresponder, take time to personalize the email.  You can use the person’s name or business either typed in of filled in via tags on your autoresponder.  You can also make the body of the email personalized.

For instance, if the Olympics are going on.  Make a statement about something you saw at one of the games.  This makes the email seem more ‘real’ because the reader is in the same world you are in.  It engages and connects with them in a personal way.

 

Have a Single focus

Get to the point early.  Make sure you have a single point and engage your reader from the first line.  Your point may be to tell a story, so start off with something simple like, “Let me tell you story. . . “ and tell them why you are telling that story.

If your email has more than one focus, the reader will probably skim over it and they will miss something.  There is nothing wrong with having more than one email to communicate an idea.

Each email should be able to stand on its own. Keep it short and to the point because most people are busy and they only skim emails.  They only see the highlights.  To help the reader, use bullet points, pictures and bold text to highlight the important parts for them.

 

Valuable content

Make sure what you share is valuable to the reader, not just to your business.  Email marketing is not to tell something about you and your business.  Write to help them make lives better.  If that means doing business with you, then tell them about how you help after you have established a relationship.

Think of email marketing like dating.  You don’t ask someone to marry you on the first date.  Get to know them and share interesting, valuable and entertaining content.  After you have talked for a while, then mention what you have to offer and how you can enrich their lives.

When we talk about valuable content, it can be as simple as a tip or trick.  If they purchased from you maybe the subject line is “How to get the most out of your Kenmore dishwasher” or “3 Tips to get the most out of your Kenmore dishwasher.”  Those tips will be valuable to a recent customer.

You can also share information that fits your audience.  If they bought a dishwasher, why not share some cooking tips.  They have to eat something before washing plates, right?  Share a recipe or something interesting to your readers. You can find posts, podcasts, infographics, videos, etc.

 

Consider Your Call to action

When you send an email, you want the customer to take action. You may want them to read an article and share their own tips.  You may want them to respond to tell you how they are liking their new dishwasher.  A call to action, could be as simple as “Have a nice day.”

Again, we are communicating with real people.  When we leave a conversation, we have an ‘exit.’  When you end an email think about the same thing.  How do you end your email?  You want to leave the reader with something.  It may be an encouraging quote or Bible verse.  It may be the weather and telling them to take a moment to enjoy it.

As you get into selling your products, you can have them call, click or take some other action that is more focused on your business.  The key is to have more personal call to actions before you have sales call to actions.

One more note about call to actions: people may not interact.  Focus on the ones that do interact and keep building relationships with the others.

 

Use Your Signature

Use your signature line to your advantage.  Here is where you can really engrain what you do into the brains of your customers.  Put your contact information and include a picture if you can.  Sure you can use your logo, but people buy from people.  Put your smiling face on there with a professional headshot.

Make your signature stand out with a ‘byline.’  Share a benefit or your company value statement.  It should be short and memorable.  If I was writing an email, I would include “Grow your faith.  Grow your business.” Right below my name. . . come to think of it, I need to add that to my byline .. .see, I am learning too!

You can include a link to your website, social media, or whatever, but be careful about too many links.  As a general rule of thumb, your email should have only two to three links.  I suggest mixing it up. On one email, tell them to like your Facebook page or send them to an article found on your Facebook page.  On another send them a link to your webpage with the title, “Let me know if I can help.”

 

Conclusion

Let’s be honest, you know how email works.  If you are reading this article, there’s a good chance you have an email where you send and receive messages.  Get your emails working for you and your business.  As your business grows, so will your influence with your customers and your influence as a Christian.

Get a game plan to collect emails and engage with your customers.  If you need help, consider joining our coaching program (also known as our membership) or hiring a Christian business coach.  I am here to help as much as I can.  You just need to take the first step and take some action.

 

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email marketing for Christian entrepreneursChristian entrepreneurs should always be looking for simple proven strategies to grow their business and engage customers.  Email marketing is a great tool to do both of those goals easily.

We discussed what an email marketing campaign is and how to think strategically about it. In today’s article, we are going to discuss the major parts of an email campaign and introduce some tools to help you get started on email marketing to engage your customers and grow your business.

Before we get too much into this, let me pull out the spiritual side of things.  Email marketing is about building relationships.  The more your customers understand who you are and what your business is all about, the more they will feel they can trust you.  When they realize that you actually care and do business differently because of a higher purpose, you may just be the bridge that brings them one step closer to knowing Christ.

 

Collecting Emails

The first tool you need in your email marketing toolbox is a way to collect emails.  You can collect emails online through your webpage, social media or even on someone else’s webpage.  If you read our article on the power of email marketing, you saw that you must start with a strategy.

The basics of the strategy is to know you customers well enough to know what you can offer to entice them to give up their email address to you. It can be a giveaway, coupons, reports, newsletter, etc.  It needs to be something that would help your customers and they would find it valuable.

 

Ways to collect emails

Get a clipboard and a piece of notebook paper.  Draw columns with the title ‘name’ and ‘email.’  You can also get phone numbers if you plan to do any text messaging.  Have your cashiers fill out the form so you can read the email address and name.

To take it up a notch, you can create a ‘fancy’ sheet using Word or some other office type software.  Show on top of the page your ‘enticing offer.’  Again you can have your customer service representatives fill out the information either by typing or by hand-writing.

Next you can create a free Google form online.  It is really easy to create if you have a Gmail account.  Just go to your drive and create a simple form to collect name and email address.  Again, make sure to point out the benefits of joining.  You can have this on a tablet at your location, customer representatives can input the info or customers can.  You can even put a link to the form on your social media accounts and your webpage.

You can use a simple contact form on your webpage.  It is best to create a new form and put it on a new page.  Your webmaster can help with this.  You just want to show the benefits of joining with your enticing offer and have a place where customers can fill in name and email.  Make sure when you get an email, you respond with the benefits and congratulate the new ‘member of our family.’

The best way is to use an autoresponder.  There is a slight learning curve, but it is well worth learning if you want to use email marketing.  Basically, an autoresponder allows you to collect information online, store it in a date base, send out messages regularly and even automate sequences of emails. (more on autoresponders below)

 

Email Campaign Communication

Once you get an email, you must communicate.  Always use a simple ratio of no less than 6 to 1, I would even go as far as 12 to 1.  That ratio represents how many times you send some helpful, valuable information compared to how many sales pitches you send.

That being said, if you send a newsletter, make the ratio in each newsletter.  Put 6 helpful articles, information and research to one of your product sales pitches.

Whatever you do, make it a regular occurrence, especially the first week.  When I am coaching clients, I suggest the first couple of week sending some helpful advice every two days.  Then, on the last day of those two weeks offer to help in a relevant, non-threatening way.

The last email goes out and tells subscribers what your schedule is moving forward.  For instance, if you have a monthly newsletter, you will simply mention that it was great to get to know them and you will be sending monthly newsletter and as always, “if you have any questions, we are here to help.”

You may be wondering what to send.  Make it simple.  The first email welcomes them to the email list and delivers the enticing offer that was promised.  The next email is a helpful tip, tool or article relevant to your business and your customer.  The next email tells a simple story about your business and asks a question like, “how can we help you better?”  You can repeat this pattern followed by a relevant offer and an ‘ending’ email mentioned above.

 

 

Email Campaign Automation

The first suggestion I have in automating is using an autoresponder. I don’t want to make this article super long, but I found a great walk through that shares examples and even free tools for email marketing using an autoresponder. He suggests using GetResponse which is one of my favorite autoresponders.

If you choose not to use an autoresponder, your automation can be done in a few ways.  You use Google Forms, and can create a section 2 that delivers your enticing offer after someone enters their information.  If you collect emails manually, set up an internal system.  Have a customer service representative or sales person, know what sequence to send out.  They should have a check sheet for each customer that lists customer, email address, email sequences and date sent.

Automation only works if you put it into practice.  There are ways to use your online calendar to remind you about sending these.  There are tools the plug into your email that can send emails in a sequence.  There are even CRM’s that will remind you about dates and set up email templates.

If I was starting out and did not have an autoresponder, I would use Google tools to help.  I would create the form, collect the info.  Use that spreadsheet to track sending email.  Use a Google doc for my email sequenced templates and use boomerang connected to my email to schedule the emails.  We have an entire training on using Google tools that you may find very helpful. Click here to learn how to maximize your business using free Google tools.

 

Conclusion

Email marketing is a powerful tool if you know how to use it.  For Christian entrepreneurs, it could be the system that creates a connection with customers to build a bridge to knowing Christ.  Make sure you start with a solid strategy and if you need help hire an affordable Christian business coach.  The business coach should get the system set up, show you how to update it as needed, and you can run it from there with a simple system.

In our next article we will discuss the parts of a well written email and walk you through a simple step-by-step email sequence to help make your email campaigns a success.

 

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Email Marketing Basics

email marketing for Christian businessWhen Christian entrepreneurs understand the power of email marketing, they have a tool that will help grow their business on autopilot.

Technically anytime you communicate via email with customers, you are email marketing.  However, I want you to think more strategically than that and make email marketing a powerful tool for your business.

Every business thrives on regular repeat customers and email marketing is a great way to engage with customers.  Communicating regularly keeps your brand at the ‘top’ of their mind.  Ultimately, you want your customers to think of your business first when they think of your industry.

You may have been at a register and the cashier asked for your email.  If you give them your email, they will send you special, coupons and interesting information about their business.  If it is a restaurant, they may send weekly specials, chef suggestions or cooking tips.  What is offered is dependent on the business type and interest level of the audience.

 

What is email marketing?

Email marketing is simply collecting emails from current and/or potential customers in order to develop a relationship with them.  It is a strategic communication tool that enhances your brand and sets up your authority as a leader in your industry.

  1. Let me give you the basic 1-2-3 sequence of most email marketing systems.
  2. A customer comes to your site and is offered an incentive to give their name and email on a form.
  3. That email is collected and the incentive is delivered.

A sequence is initiated (automatically or through a sales process) delivering valuable content to your customer as a follow up strategy.

 

How can I use email marketing in my business?

The key to success with email marketing is to focus on strategy.  What is your goal in collecting emails?  Are you building relationships with potential customers, getting potential customers to buy, getting current customers to buy more, or what?  You must have a single strategy for every email sequence in order to be effective.

The next step in using email marketing is to understand your customers and their needs.  Most businesses will use some sort of incentive to entice the customer to give up their email.   What real or perceived needs do your customers have that you can solve for free and can be delivered digitally?

Digital offerings can include things like cheat sheets, resource lists, best of reports, infographics, etc.  It needs to sound exciting and offer an immediate benefit to your potential customer.  Use the words that your customers would naturally use and make sure the title is catchy enough to build curiosity.

Once you have identified or created a helpful resource, you want to implement a form on your webpage to collect the email and deliver the resource.  You can also collect emails by having cashiers or phone center workers enter the information given by the customer or go ‘old school’ and have a clip board where customers can write their email and name.

For example, a hair salon may collect email addresses with the promise of delivering hair care tips each week or highlight the newest trends of hairstyles each month in a digital newsletter.  The emails are professional and engaging while delivering valuable information as promised.  You want to offer value more than asking customers to buy more.  Remember, you are building a relationship.  When you offer valuable information, they will take notice and will buy when they are ready to use your services again.

Incentives do not need to be digital, but doing so means you can distribute as many as you want with no additional cost to your business.  I have seen businesses offer books, gift cards and other tangible items by collecting emails and send the customer to a form to get their physical address.  Keep in mind the more information you ask for before developing a strong relationship will decrease your response.

 

Conclusion

Start collecting emails so you can communicate with your customers.  If you have never done email marketing before consider hiring a professional or do the leg work needed to find out what your customers want.  Once you see what needs they have and what you can do to help, you can set up a strategy to deliver valuable information to them on a regular basis.

Note: Why don’t you just offer these kinds of things on social media?  You can, but posting on social media may or may not be seen.  You can be assured an email will go directly to the customers because they gave you their email address.  It is a deeper level of trust to get an email address than a page like, connection or follower.

 

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VIDEO: Light of the world

I watched this video and I almost turned it off, but I kept watching.  It is more that just another sermon on being the light of the world.  It makes us think about how we use our light and how our light affects the world we live in.

As a business owner, you are a light for Christ.  Don’t be a flashlight that gets stuck in a drawer and never shines.  Be a beacon to help others and grow your faith.

God wants you to let your light shine.  We can choose to reflect the pale glimmer of this world or we can reflect the bright, all-encompassing, great light of the creator of the universe.  It is so powerful and bright the darkness can not hide from it and the world needs it.

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From Ashamed to Approved

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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I think this Bible verse should be the motto of every business owner.  It covers two specific issues that many business owners struggle with, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

First, let’s look at the context of this verse. Paul is talking to Timothy.  He is mentoring him and wants to make sure he stays strong in the faith.  Timothy is a young leader in the church and Paul lays out some foundations that would help anyone in business.  We may not think about it, but a church is a business.

Paul reminds Timothy of God’s grace and tells him to be strong.  He tells him to teach others and entrust that knowledge to those who will teach others.  He is setting up the foundation for Timothy to go from being mentored to mentoring.

Next, he reminds Timothy of his higher purpose and to keep his eyes on Jesus instead of all the affairs of this world. Then reminds him of the suffering that comes with battle, even spiritual battles.

Now we come to verse 14.  Paul tells Timothy that the Bible is not just about words, it is about who you are and our relationship with God.  It is about our character.  He says to “present yourself to God as one approved.” Look at this as a whole.  He reminds him of God’s grace, then tells him to come before God approved.

Paul defines ‘approved’ in the next verse.  Paul said to be approved, you must first not be ashamed.  I have ran into too many business owners who are ashamed of what they believe.  Don’t do that!  Be proud to be a Christian.

To be approved is to “correctly handle the word of truth.”  The Bible is a powerful tool.  God wants us to study it, dig into it and really get to know His heart.  We must learn how to learn the Bible and teach others.

These two things go hand in hand.  When we learn the Bible intelligently we have courage.  We won’t be ashamed if we know what the Bible says.  Don’t let intellectuals scare you.  They want to see if you know what you really believe and if you really believe it.

In verse 22 Paul lays out actions to keep anyone from being ashamed.  Let’s run through it quickly: flee evil desires, don’t be quarrelsome and know how to gently instruct those who oppose you.  When mixed with a solid understanding of God’s word, leading in this way will lead others to salvation.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

business Bible verseScripture is full of Bible verses about business.  Just look at this Proverb and its wisdom.

We have been going through some Proverbs that lend themselves directly to business.  We covered a Bible verse that reminded us that our business grows when we grow.  We covered a Bible verse that reminded us to make plans and take action.  Today, we get into the point of who we are.

 

Business Bible Verse: Proverbs 11:3

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:3 NIV

 

Again, here is the same verse in different translations so we can get a good grasp on what it means:

 

“The integrity and moral courage of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.” Proverbs 11:3 AMP

“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.” Proverbs 11:3 MSG

“The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” Proverbs 11:3 KJV

 

What does this business Bible verse tell us?

I love it when the Bible talks directly to who we are as a person.  In this Proverb, we see that integrity is the foundation to our character.  Integrity leads us to make the right decisions in our family, in our community and in our business.

If we look at the Amplified version above, we see that integrity has the same meaning as moral courage.  We must have the courage to act the right way no matter what the circumstances.  We must be moral in making our decisions and in doing so we will find ourselves knowing what decisions to make.

I have heard of many business owners struggling with decisions only to find out that the decision was easy when we add God into our decision making process.  When we know we are people of integrity, it becomes who we are and how we act.  It is not hard to make the right decision when we know who we are and who we belong to.

Let’s quickly touch base on the other side of this Proverb.  We understand that cheating of any kind will always lead to destruction.  Crooked actions will always rise to the surface, so why waste time trying to cheat?  Cheating on your taxes is more than just a little fib to the government, it is a moral decline that only leads to more bad decisions.

 

What can we do about this business Bible verse?

Become a person of integrity by understanding that you are a child of God.  You are of a higher making and He has filled your life through the Spirit.  It may be tough, but if you have a chance, right any wrongs you have done.  And if you can’t do that, draw a line in the sand and decide from this point forward to live in integrity and honor God with all of your decisions.

Take time to learn this verse.  Commit it to memory and any time you have a tough decision, quote this verse.  You can even make a poster and hang it on your wall.  Do whatever it takes to remind yourself who you are in Christ!

 

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business Bible verseToday we look at another Proverb that relates specifically to business.  It is amazing how many scriptures talk about business if you just look for them.

You have to remember that in ancient times, the work system was set up differently than it is today.  If you wanted to make money, you found something to make or sell.  Most of the population was some sort of business person whether they were a doctor, farmer, fisherman, or carpenter.

Business Bible Verse: Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5

Let’s look at this verse in different translations like we did in our first business Bible verse Proverb:

“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” Proverbs 21:5 KJV, King James Version

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance and advantage, but everyone who acts in haste comes surely to poverty. ” Proverbs 21:5   AMP, Amplified Bible

“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Proverbs 21:5  MSG, The Message

 

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What does this business Bible verse tell us?

I have seen many businesses jump too soon only to find they were not prepared.  They got caught up in trying to make a quick buck and they forgot the purpose of business is to help people and make money.

Planning, however, does not need to be done so much that no action is taken.  It is important to implement what you have planned.  The truth in this scripture is found between planning an action.  Let me explain.

Plans lead to profit, success, plenteousness, abundance, and advantage (all from the above scriptures).  Yet, none of that could happen until you put into practice what you are planning.

I did some digging and the word for ‘diligence’ in the original Hebrew language has many meanings: “sharp, sharp pointed, strict decision, trench, moat or ditch.”  If you look at those words, they do not say, planner.  These are words of action.  You have to be sharp and make decisions.  You must be in the trenches and take action where you are.

 

What can we do about this Bible verse?

Do your due diligence and study what you need to do for your business.  What steps will it take to take you to the next level?  What do you need to learn?  What policies and procedures do you need to have in place?

Once you decide what you need, do it!  Don’t spend more time trying figure out all the ins and outs.  Start taking action on what you know and fill in the blanks as you go.  Then, you are not acting in haste, you are acting in knowledge.

After you have started planning, take one of the Bible verses above and memorize it.  Make scripture part of who you are each and every day.  Make scripture the foundation that grows your business.

 

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