I was sitting next to an experienced missionary named Steve. We were waiting for the program to start and I couldn’t help myself. I had to ask, “What is one piece of advice you would give a new missionary?” I hate to waste learning opportunities where there are people who have gone before me and have done what I am trying to do. I try to be respectful of their time and not be too pushy. He hesitated and I though maybe he just wanted to sit and not talk before he had to go on stage. To my delight he responded, “Does it have to be just one thing?” “Of course not!” I eagerly replied.
“Don’t get lost in the business” he said.
How relevant for me. I’m the head of the business development team with Envision Atlanta. Business is my business and how easy would it be to get lost in bottom lines, and flow charts, and business cards? How quickly we can we loose sight of what our main focus is supposed to be? My business is Jesus and always should be. But, through Jesus I get to start businesses so that I can employ refugees, and missionaries, and fund the other work of Envision Atlanta. I want to be like Jesus who said he only did what he saw his Father doing (John 5:19). It is so easy to get caught up in what we think we are supposed to do rather than seeking what we aught to do. Every good thing we do can become a hindrance to our work if it starts to overshadow the One who gave us good work to do.
The saddest thing about my conversation with Steve was that I forgot the second piece of advice he gave me. Every day we have a chance to learn and I only got half of what I had opportunity to receive.
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