Christian Business Crossroads Top Five

Feb 18, 2011, Written by Sue Miley

The beginning of 2011 is the start of my second year blogging on Christian Business Crossroads.  I was reviewing old posts and becoming nostalgic.

Starting year two, I wanted to highlight the most popular posts of 2010 according to reader views:

Christian Leaders Don’t Cry – This one was the leader, however, it received a huge boost by being featured in Christianity Today’s ezine Faith in the Workplace!  This was thanks to Marcus Goodyear at The High Calling.

An excerpt sums it up:

Two things are working in me.  One is the role of a leader.  We must be strong, all knowing, and all loving.  The second is the role of a Christian.  I am fine.  I gave it to God.

Both roles are too hard by themselves.  Together they are crushing.

I was at a counseling conference, so I think I was feeling a bit emotional!

Keeping The Faith With A Profitable Business –  This is about the myth that Christians believe about money.  That maybe it is wrong for us to be profitable.  I have more to say about this myth that stems from 1 Timothy 6:10,

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

in my free ebook The Seven Myths That Keep Christians from Business Success!

The Impact of Poor Leadership On Your FollowersThis is a topic I am still quite passionate about!  As small business owners we have accepted a role of leadership automatically.  It is our responsibility as leaders to get better at it!

An excerpt:

We are called by Jesus to love others as we love ourselves.  I think this should convict us that we need to at least try our hardest to constantly strengthen and build our leadership skills and to consistently apply them in our leadership roles.  We want that from our leaders right?

Anxiety In The Time In Between – another post that received a boost from a friend at High Calling Blogs, David Rupert of Red Letter Believers.  He put this post in one of the This Week At High Calling round-ups.  It is more of a personal journal sharing how difficult it is for me to just have down time.  It was the holidays!  We are supposed to slow down and enjoy ourselves.  But, you may be like me and feel a bit anxious when you are less than productive!

An excerpt:

Once New Years is over and my schedule is back to normal I will start writing consistently again.  I will start seeing clients again.  And my kids will be back in school all too soon.

I must remind myself that if I stay focused on the Lord…

…..He will bring me work.

…..He will calm my fears.

…..He will recharge my energy.

Prayer at Work: Passion and Desperation (or Discipline)! I think this one is actually my favorite.  It speaks to the fact that with God involved even my rebellious side takes on a little different character.

An excerpt:

It either happens because you are driven to a desperate need for Jesus because you have messed up life on your own or because you started practicing spiritual disciplines and they became second nature.  (I have experienced both!)

And, even though I prefer the exhilaration of desperation, sometimes discipline is less painful.  Ironic huh?

So, how do we bring the practice of spiritual disciplines passionately, desperately, and proactively into our business and work life?

These Were The Top 5 of 2010

If you haven’t read them before, I hope you have a few minutes to click through and enjoy them now.  Some of you may have seen them when they came out.  I was reading one of them and thinking “Did I write this?”  It gave me some practical tips that I need to put back in place in my life.  You never know, reading them a second time may give you a new perspective!

It didn’t surprise me that most of them were in the second half of 2010.  I have learned alot about blogging.  Frankly, I have improved in how I share my experience and information!  I hope you will check these out and sign-up to receive new posts in 2011 in your email!

Thanks so much for visiting today and if you have topics you would like to see in 2011, please put them in the comment section!

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Comments

  1. Brad Harmon says

    These were great posts, Sue. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” You are one of those people for me, and I thank God for you and your blog. Keep up the great work in 2011!

  2. Mark A.Griffin says

    Great blog post. You are always an encouragement to many. I always feel your wisdom helps me to be a better leader. God Bless.

    • S_Miley says

      Thanks Mark, My hard drive crashed last night, so I am not feeling very wise! I back up, but not every day. I think this will be a future post based on the wisdom of hard knocks! Your reading and comments encourage me! Thanks for reading!

  3. [email protected] Home Business Owners says

    Hi Sue,

    This was a great recap of some of your past posts. I can relate to what you said about “down” time. I feel many times, like if I am not working on my business and making money, I am not being productive. But I have to remember that just taking time out to play with our dog or talk to my husband and kids is also my responsibility (and privilege.)

    Thanks for sharing these.

    • S_Miley says

      Thanks for commenting Laurie. I learned that lesson the hard way…now sometimes the time I spend with my dogs in the yard are some of my best!! Blessings to you.

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.

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