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Getting Started

One might think that the Bible has nothing to say regarding business planning, but the opposite is true. In Luke 14:28, Jesus suggests, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” (English Standard Version). Indeed, Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 that we should consider planning in the short-term as well: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The two perspectives complement each other. The long-term is not ignored; we are just told not to worry ourselves. We should focus on both time frames as we make strategic short- and long-term plans, but we should avoid worrying. That comes from prayer, as Philippians 4:6 admonishes that we “not be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Think about it—we can place our concerns and worries on God, and he will provide.

Instructions

  1. Review the material in the “Getting Started” section above, and read Luke 14:28, Matthew 6:34, and Philippians 4:6.
  2. Be sure to address the following prompts in your paper:
    1. What cares or struggles are you currently experiencing? What steps can you take this week to give these cares and concerns to God?
    2. What changes can you make in your professional life to help you continually release concerns and cares about work to God?