Read Proverbs 11
The older I get, the more I believe that the creation of businesses can go a long way in solving many of our economic problems as a nation. I think that economies of nations big and small could be turned around with the creation of sustainable businesses along with, of course, the eradication of corruption in government. I know it’s much more complex than that and it’s a lot easier said than done, but I believe that those two things could lead to an incredible shift in the world and improved living conditions for millions of people.
I have a desire to create businesses and it seems like every month I think of a new product or money-making opportunity. Maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of two entrepreneurs or maybe it’s because that’s what God’s called me to do, or both, but I’m a big fan of small businesses. The funny thing is that I’m not a big fan of money. Most of the time, when I should be selling something, I end up giving it away because I care more about sharing with others than I care about making a few bucks. Regardless of if I’m doing it all wrong or if I’m doing something right, I want to create and run businesses like the ones talked about in this Proverb.
When it goes well for good people, the whole town cheers;
when it goes badly for bad people, the town celebrates.
When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes;
evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.
The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
I love the image these verses bring to my mind. It excites me that when one person succeeds everyone succeeds. Which makes me think about my life now. It’s so easy to dream of being a generous and sharing person in the future, but it’s another thing to actually live that out. Am I being intentional to help others? Am I sharing the success I currently have or am I keeping it to myself? Am I sharing my wisdom or hoarding it? Is my world getting larger or smaller?
I dream of increase, expansion, and growth for myself and others around me, but it all begins now. If I want to be trusted with wealth in the future, I need to start with what I have today.
What are you dreaming of? Do you want monetary wealth? Richness of relationships with family and friends? An increase in influence? Freedom from stress? Now, here’s the big question: how would you live differently if you had what you’re longing for? If you’d be more generous or more caring or more loving or more peaceful in the future, why not begin today? I want to be generous in the future, but I have to start now. If I want to bring a balance of justice and compassion to conflict, I have to start small today. If my goal is to be a peace-giver in the midst of stressful situations, I’m responsible for practicing this even now.
As we begin small with some of these things, I believe God will entrust us with more and more. Then, because we’ve learned how to steward what we have well, he will continue to increase us.