Exploring the Correlation of Our Relationship with God to Our Business Health

May 28, 2010, Written by Sue Miley

Sue_s_Cross_2How is your business doing?  How is your relationship going with God?  Is there any correlation?  The bible tells us to seek God first.  I have written much about God caring about our business, but where is it on His priority list?

I would contend that the consistent message in the bible is that God wants us to care about Him first and most.  He wants us to seek Him with all of our heart and mind.  He wants us to put Him above all other relationships and priorities.

If you don’t feel God in your business, don’t leap first to He doesn’t care about my business.  Reflect on your relationship.

  1. Time and attention – Relationship can often be measured by our time and attention.  We put our time and attention into what is important to us.  If I am not spending time with God, I know He is still there, but our relationship will become more distant, right?  When I am “working” on my relationship with God I am desperately seeking Him.  That means praying all of the time about everything.  Looking things up in the bible to figure out how to manage the day.  Listening to Christian music for inspiration.  It isn’t contrived, nor is it a list to check off.  When I am in close relation with my Creator these things are a natural outpouring.  When they are scarce I know my priorities are upside down.
  2. Control – A major part of any relationship is trust.  If our relationship with God is strong we are probably trusting Him more than normal.  I say more than normal because if you are like me it is your natural bent to take control of things yourself.  If my business is floundering my first human response is to take action.  It is up to me to make things happen.  When my relationship with God is prioritized I seek Him first.  I pray for help.  I also pray for wisdom and discernment.  I still may take action, actually I probably will, however, it will hopefully be with a God view.  If I can’t tell if I have the God view glasses in place by noticing the “control” thing kicking in, I can usually tell by how I feel.  Am I scared out of my mind or do I feel at peace.  Just in case your aren’t sure – the peace scenario is the one that occurs when I am hanging on tight to God and have on my God colored glasses.
  3. Obsession – Are you obsessing about whether or not Johnny was 5 minutes late for work or Anne punched in 5 minutes early so she could sneak out at 4:55?  Are you walking around the office wondering how much all of the different pens and notebooks cost?  Clearly God doesn’t want us to obsess out of worry and anxiety.  He tells us so in Matthew 6:26-34.  You know how He clothes the flowers and feeds the birds.  But, He absolutely wants us to be obsessed about our relationship with Him.  He wants us to care about the things He cares about.  He wants us to be so in to our relationship with Him that we will leave everything and follow Him.  Now He has us close and He can work through us!  Where is your obsession?

If we have focused our time and attention on our Lord and Savior.

If we are giving up control (after all control IS an illusion).

And we are transferring from anxious obsession to obsessively seeking God……

I believe we can count on His promises to provide for our needs and we can be assured that He cares about everything in our life including our business.

So if we can get obsessed enough on the most important thing in our life – God – then the rest will fall in place!

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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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