Christian Entrepreneurs have a responsibility to help others. We are in business to make an impact on the world.
We live in a fallen world. There are hurting people everywhere we turn. As Christian entrepreneurs, we sometimes have the ability to help. I am not saying to throw money out each time something bad happens. I am talking about engaging your community as a leader.
We sometimes skirt the word ‘leader.’ Yet, as an entrepreneur that is exactly what you are. You have the responsibility to care for anyone you come in contact with.
Let me give you a simple scenario: It’s a hot July afternoon and you run a convenience store. Someone walks into your store and you can tell they are living on the streets. You see them pick up a loaf of bread, then put it down. They walk to the chips. Same thing, they pick some up and put them down. They eyeball the food in the cases. With their head down, they ask if you have any work.
You are fully staffed and at this point, you can simply say, “No” and get on with your life. Or you can engage. “I don’t have full-time work right now, but I have a few tasks that I need to get done if you have some time right now.” You can give them some simple task like picking up trash outside or sweeping the floors. Pay them a simple wage and let them earn some dignity. Besides, they will probably spend the money on food right there in your store.
When we treat people with respect and help them out, it is then that we begin to see the breath of God running through our business. You may not have enough money to give to everyone who walks into your business, but you always have an obligation to give them respect, dignity and love.
As a Christian entrepreneur, you are a leader. Others will follow how you act and how you treat others. You need not go far to find out how good of a leader you are. Just look at your employees. Are they showing respect, dignity and love to your customers? If so, good job! If not, pray about your own attitude and begin taking steps to become the leader that God wants you to be.
As John Maxwell says, A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” Are you showing the way to a loving God in your business?
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