It’s been a while since I’ve written, so let me catch you up on my life.
If you’re new here, let this serve as an introduction. If you’ve been around for a while, hold on to your seats, because this is going to rock your socks.
In the past year, I’ve:
- Become a Christian…
- Started preaching and leading worship…
- Gotten engaged…
- Gotten married…
- Hired my first employee for my website optimization company – along with five more…
- And recently, my lovely wife and I learned we’re pregnant with our first child.
Needless to say, life is a bit different for me than it was less than a year ago.
Fear not – if you’re not a Christian, I’m not out to convert you. I’ll discuss my faith and its impact on my life, and if that offends you, you’re welcome to unsubscribe.
If you are a Christian, I’m not out to preach to you and tell you how to live your life. If you want to hear me preach, you’ll have to drop by our youth ministry on a Sunday when it’s my turn to teach 😉
You’ll be hearing all about those things in various capacities over the coming months, but with that update out of the way, let’s talk business.
In this post, I’m going to briefly outline three ways that coming to faith has revolutionized the way that I do business – and significantly improved my impact on my own little corner of the world.
1.) I’ve become radically focused on service
Christ served. Secular or Christian, there’s really no debate about this. His ministry was to serve to the glory of God, not Himself.
When a business engages in this sort of service – the kind of service that prioritizes others above oneself – everyone wins. Working hard to do a kickass job at what we do not only helps our clients’ businesses grow, but it yields awesome returns on our investment through referrals.
2.) My business has become my Mission
I’m not talking about the Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible kind of mission here. I’m talking about the capital-M Mission of God, which is to serve and bring the good news of the Gospel to the nations.
To be a follower of Christ is to engage directly in the mission of God with every facet of your life. Rededicating my business to His mission has given me both the reward that comes from being a good steward of the gifts and talents that I have as well as the freedom that comes from understanding that I’m not in charge.
By aligning your heart and your work with a mission greater than yourself, you find yourself with the drive to keep going, even when things get hard. What’s more, when you’re engaged with that mission alongside others you find that you have the encouragement and support that we all need to push through. We were made for fellowship and community with others, and being part of something bigger than yourself brings you into close relationship with others on the same path.
3.) The Gospel has helped me loosen my grip on my cash – and invest more of it in my business and in the Kingdom
Let’s be clear about something… I don’t make a crapload of money. I live pretty well, and I provide for my wife and our dog, but I’m not going to pretend that I’m making a million dollars a year.
To follow Christ is to be generous with others because He is generous with us. I’ve always been stingy. While I chalk it up to growing up dirt poor and having a terrible relationship with money, the truth is that I don’t give nearly as freely as I should.
You can imagine, then, that hiring my first contractor was terrifying. I’d built my business doing all of the work myself so I could keep all of the cash to myself, and suddenly I found myself writing a check to someone else to do something that I could do better myself.
The results have been awesome. Not only does hiring others free me to invest more creative energy in my business, but it gives me the opportunity to provide for others in a time when jobs are scarce on a global scale. I have a project manager in the Philippines, a developer in Pakistan, a writer in Southern California. Our team is spread out across the globe, and we do a pretty awesome job working together and supporting one another.
Bottom line: Christ has transformed the way I do business by transforming my heart
Look, I’ve always considered myself a pretty good person… But the truth of the Gospel has a way of bringing to light struggles that you never even know that you have.
You may never have heard the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I’m happy to share it with you anytime you have questions. In the meantime, I hope that you’ll stick around and watch my life and work, so that you can see my testimony of how I’ve changed – and will continue to change – through the transformative power of the grace of God.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Drop a line in the comments below.