Christmas season; it’s the end of the year and also the planning season for many business owners. It is time to reflect, measure, and consider adjustments that will help guide your business in the direction you would like it to go.
As Christian Business Owners, we know to pray for our business, wisdom, discernment, compassion, and the common areas that will help us work for God’s Glory. Maybe not as often or deeply as we should, but that’s another post.
This post is honed to a finer point. Pray about this.
What is God’s purpose for your business?
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
– Proverbs 19:21
Crossroads Professional Coaching is preparing to celebrate our 20th year in business. We are excited about, amazed by, and grateful for all of our clients that we have been blessed to work alongside. A big part of our client work is the Strategic Planning and Budgeting process.
Done right, a lot of thought and work goes into our business planning with clients. Planning and budgeting can include so many interesting opportunities to excavate that we may lose focus on the most important opportunity we have.
What is God’s Purpose for Our Business?
Regardless of what business you’re in, God has a purpose for you and your business. We work with owners of heavy industrial contractors, casual retail, real estate, commercial services, non-profits, and churches of all shapes and sizes. In a lot of businesses, it’s easy to get absorbed into the organizational priorities while planning and letting the highest purpose go relatively unattended.
Maximizing market share or profits is often assumed to be the top priority. But what if they aren’t? You may have dissonance arise when your personal objectives aren’t aligned with the business mission.
What is the best way to align your personal objectives with your business mission? Take it up in prayer.
What Do You Pray For?
As you evaluate and consider the past year in preparation for the future, pray about these things.
- For the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal God’s will for you and your business.
- How was your spiritual health this past year?
- What change is the Holy Spirit telling you to act upon personally?
- What is God’s will for your business?
- Are your personal and business objectives properly aligned?
- What change is the Holy Spirit telling you to act upon in the business?
The first and foundational prayer principle to guide your thoughts is that God will use your prayers to draw you closer to His will and minimize any prideful or selfish motive. Don’t skip over this thought, as it’s really the heart of the whole post.
The reality is our pride is typically the greatest obstacle to finding God’s will for our lives, both personal and professional.
If we are to align our business plans with God’s plans, we must get our prideful nature out of the way. Pray on this.
Integrate God’s Will with Your Business Plans
Integrating God’s will with your business plans can be one of those easier-said-than-done things, but it doesn’t have to be.
It’s all about your heart. Relatively few common business priorities are in conflict with sound Christian doctrine. Said another way, your business needs are typically fine as long as the people involved are executing for the right reasons.
Note that I said it’s all about “your” heart. As the leader of the business, you set the priorities and the tone at the top. That’s why it is critical that you spend the time in prayer to reveal God’s plans for your business. As you recognize the alignment of your business plans to God’s plans, it becomes much easier to cast the business vision and mission.
Detailing the process and actions for business planning are beyond the scope of my writing today, and we cover that topic in a number of other posts.
My exhortation for you today is to prioritize taking the necessary time to pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to the heart as outlined above. It’s the Christmas season, and it’s a good time to pray for this!