Earn the right for “Recommendations”.

Key Text: For I have endued Bazalel with wisdom in every form of crafts

It’s the desire of many to be called upon when people or organizations need a skill and expertise that you possess or a product or service that your organization render. Life even gets a lot easier when we get the job or the business deals by recommendation rather than staying in line waiting and lobbying to be considered.

Bazalel enjoyed God’s recommendation. He must have been one of the best in Egypt in the works of silver and of Gold. Even though the text made it clear that God endued him with wisdom, it would have taken Bazalel hard work, impeccable character and dedication to have earned God’s recommendation and trust when it came to the sanctuary project. The same way God blessed Bazalel with wisdom and certain unique gifts, he has also blessed each and every one of us with one gift or the other. Continue reading

Whose Business Are You Minding?

Key Text: Luke 2:49

And he said unto them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Success requires clarity of what your assignment or business is, and getting fully involved doing exactly that. Many of us get this twisted and get so busy doing other things other than “OUR BUSINESS”. We spend years away from our core assignments and then struggle to find our way back after we’ve spent our most vital energy on what is inconsequential to our core. If you’ve ever been lost while travelling, you can tell that it takes more time getting back on track than it took missing the way in the first place.

Jesus’ parents were caught up with the crowd; chatting away their lives, so much so that they forgot the messiah, whose care was supposedly their core assignment. It took them three days to locate him back, after they discovered “THEY” were missing- (They were the ones missing; not Jesus). Jesus said clearly “Don’t you know I must be about my father’s business?” Continue reading

Little Foxes in the Garden!

Key Text: Songs of Solomon 2:15

Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”

Life gets interesting when we start to make a little headway in our businesses and personal endeavors. We get a little comfortable and heave a sigh of relieve.   Isn’t it interesting when we begin to enjoy the fruits of our labor? I bet it’s fun when the customers are rolling in and your bank account regularly gets credited.

However, research shows that a striking number of entrepreneurs (about 70%) lose their profits within the first year of making huge gains, and about 90% never come back up again. This is not because they aren’t working hard enough, but because there are certain habits that cannot cohabit with continual success. Continue reading

Ask For The Deal!

Key Text: Luke 14:31-32

Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Whether you are trying to get a good discount, trying to get a salary raise, maybe trying to get the lunch time you want, or convincing your significant other to go to a party with you; we all negotiate all day long. We may not like to do it, but we have to do it anyway.  Negotiation is a skill that you must learn to survive in business and get the best out of your personal life. If you don’t ask, you will not receive. Continue reading

Just Before You Pay!

Key Text: Proverbs 25:5 GNT

Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.

Have you ever gone to the market without planning to buy something, but when you saw it, you loved it and you just bought it? The purchase was plainly emotional buying and it made you feel good; many of us are guilty of that. In fact many people visit the store sporadically and now use shopping as a therapy for feeling good. Anyone who has formed the habit of spending before thinking is headed for financial disaster.

One of the major reason businesses and individuals are stuck is because they do not have a clear cut budget. A budget is principally assigning responsibility for every dollar that comes into your hands. It’s telling your money where it should go. Solomon who was the wealthiest in his time gave this insight in the text above “…if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.” It’s very important to plan carefully! Continue reading

Set The Records Straight!

Key Text: John 21:11

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THREE; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

One of the ways to know whether or not you are growing is to keep proper records of the resources that pass through your hands. Unfortunately, many people do not want to be bogged down with details and only few will take their time to keep proper accounts of the state of affairs of their business or their personal lives.

Jesus had a treasurer to keep records of resources, and the scripture talks about God keeping “Books” in heaven, even though He is All-Knowing. All these point to the inevitable importance of record keeping. Continue reading