So, I started a company. One based on my Christian faith. Wanna know how that went?
Thought I'd give you the backstory on this ongoing startup.
Step one was to ask this:
What would my company look like- in its practices- if everything I did was an expression of what my faith is?
I'd have to ask what do I actually believe about God, and man, and everything, and process through that, to come up with business practices that have a direct connection to what I believe.
This is different from living from your "heart". It's living from an assessment of your actual faith. That's a challenging exercise in itself! I have to tell you it was fun and enlightening to actively look at what I believe, with the purpose of making an implementation of that as a business plan. I have a pretty high view of who God is and what he wants to do in the world, and as the Director of this company's practices.
This was a difficult thing to realize about myself. But here's an amazing reality. There is a lot in the bible about faith and perseverance together.
The bouy to all my grief over my shortfalls was when someone said "this just proves you have something worth persevering for." Huh?! I can honestly say that I've never had that before! But the business model I came up with from that assessment is nothing less than my highest aspiration and faith; and from what little I've done so far, I'm convinced this is what the world needs. It's worth persevering for.
Working through that, and delivering the goodness of God in spite of it, is the exercise of the life of faith! I believe in demonstrating the righteousness of God on earth- His compassion, His courage, His generosity, His deliverance... Realizing the failings of myself as a man to deliver that, well that is a call of God to me to find HIS ability to make Himself known, even through my weakness... and possibly, especially in my weakness!