This weekend is LABOR DAY weekend, when we celebrate the achievements of the American worker and their contributions to our country. Unfortunately, 2020 has done a number on many businesses, especially smaller ones, and the American workforce has taken quite a hit.
So what does the future look like for the American workforce and the average American worker? It depends on how we respond to what has already happened and how we plan for what’s ahead.
Here are ten principles that will help any business of anykind improve immediately. And surprise — they’re all from the pages of the Bible.
1. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated (Luke 6:31). This is one of the greatest rules for life and business. It’s often referred to as “The Golden Rule” and sounds a whole lot like “the customer is always right.” This is a terrific place to start for any business.
2. Go the second mile (Matthew 5:41). Imagine what would happen in your business if every employee and every worker always did more than is expected.
3. Be faithful in the little things and the big things will take care of themselves (Matthew 25:23). Doing lots of little things right always makes a big impact.
4. Do the best you can every day even if no one recognizes or affirms you. And remember, those closest to you will rarely make a big deal about it, because they’ve grown to expect it from you. The Bible says, “a prophet has no honor in his own country” (Mark 6:4). Developing and deserving respect within your own office, your own company, etc., is hard work.
5. Build your life and business on a solid foundation (Luke 6:46-49). If you start out wrong, you never end up right. Far better it is to do things right from the start and build your business with the right values, principles, goals and plans.
6. We're not all given the same opportunities (Matthew 25:14-30). What we are given, we need to do our absolute best with and be ready to give an account for it.
7. Developing the right priorities is essential (Matthew16:26). You never want to get so obsessed with your “business” you forget the most important things in life.
8. There’s power in persistence (John 15:5-8). The real fruit comes to those who remain. It's absolutely critical to stay on target, doing what you’re supposed to be doing and doing it well. Success often comes to people who are just stubborn enough to stay and keep doing what they’ve always been doing.
“Success often comes to people who are just stubborn enough to stay and keep doing what they’ve always been doing.”
9. There’s power in preparation (Matthew 25:1-13). Procrastination is a killer. Preparation is a life saver. We need to do what we ought to do today, and tomorrow will take care of itself.
10. Choose your mentors carefully. I recommend the greatest leader who ever lived – JESUS CHRIST (John 14:1-6). When you discover what JESUS has done and can do for your life, your business, family and future will never be the same.
Believe it or not, the Bible is the greatest book you’ll ever read on business. And we haven’t even begun to look at what else God has for the rest of our lives and the best of our lives.
What we need to do is take some time every day to read God’s Word (the Bible) and we can receive the greatest guidance and wisest counsel anyone could ever want for everything!
Ready to go to work?
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.