Your Plans: God’s Plans

What is God’s plan for my life? How do my choices or my plans fit into God’s plan for my life?

Those are a couple of questions all of us have asked at some point in our lives. There’s a lot out there about this topic, but I stumbled upon a sermon from Tim Keller about this topic and thought it was very insightful and worth the listen. Keller walks through Proverbs and gives great perspective on how our plans and God’s plans fit together and how we are to respond to these truths. It’s worth the investment of time to listen to the sermon and think through the practical implications for your life.

You can listen to the sermon from Keller here: Your Plans: God’s Plans

A Christian View of Work: We Worked Before We Sinned

I have to admit, most of the time I view my work, the job I do every day, as a necessary evil. It’s something I “have to do” to survive and provide in our world economy. It’s something I invest a lot of my waking hours doing and it often feels weighty and necessary. It’s just the way things are.

While work is something that is necessary, I’ve learned through reading Tim Keller’s book, Every Good Endeavor, that there are flaws in my thinking about work. Keller does a great job painting a picture of the Biblical view of work and how God designed work from the beginning. It’s challenging, yet refreshing at the same time, and has changed the way I view my work in general and specifically.

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A Christian View of Work: What’s It All About?

Work! That’s a word that brings with it a variety of different emotions and definitions.

Work is something all of us participate in daily and something that is part of the fabric of being human.

Work is something we are designed by God to do, yet it is also a place in our lives where we experience great frustration, discontentment, emptiness and challenge.

Work is a place where we long to make a difference and long to be part of creating something with sustainable value. Yes, it’s a paycheck, but there is something deep within us that longs to contribute towards accomplishing things.

 

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A New Vision for My Every Day Work

A few years ago I went through a dark season related to personal vision. I had just transitioned from a vocational ministry job, where I worked with a collegiate ministry, into the marketplace in a startup technology company. I worked with the collegiate ministry for six years and thought I would do that the rest of my life, but God had other plans.

I struggled with what Martin Luther referred to as the “sacred vs. the secular. To put it bluntly, I thought being a project manager in a technology company was of less value when compared to the work I did in vocational Christian ministry. I thought I was now on the “b-team” and really struggled with vision and how God worked within the marketplace.

 

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What if every business leader took this oath? The MBA Oath

I’m very interested in leadership. I’m very interested in the impact leadership has on people and organization (positive and negative). I believe leadership is a stewardship and we are all accountable when placed in a position where we have influence, large or small. I believe leadership is a difference maker and the crux of any sustainable organization.

That’s why I loved the MBA Oath when I came across it recently. It made me pause and think about what our organizations (profit or non-profit) would look like if all the leaders took this oath and lived out these values. It’s all about integrity and accountability, doing the right and wise thing as stewards of the organizations we are responsible for. What if?

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Two words that will change the way you do business (and make you more profitable)

A couple of years ago I read Tony Hsieh’s book Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. I initially read it because I was enamored with the rise of Zappos.com and the culture he created there. I wanted to hear the back story and see all the ingredients he brought together to build such a successful company. The book was really good, but there was one concept that stood out to me. The concept wasn’t new, but it did simplify what I was thinking down into a formula that’s easy to communicate.

 

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Startup Tip: What problem are you trying to solve?

What problem are you trying to solve with your startup venture?

I think this is one of the fundamental questions we should ask when venturing out to start something, but a lot of times this is approached backwards. We start to build something because we “assume” it’s a cool idea or because we want to build it, but we don’t invest time up front in figuring out if it’s truly a problem for someone and are the willing to pay for it.

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Startup Tip: A Great Tool to Capture Your Startup Business Model

What’s your business model?

Either you’ve been asked that question as an entrepreneur or get prepared because that question is coming your way. How do you answer that question? What tools of frameworks do you use to help you formulate your thoughts into an actionable plan you can coherently share with another person?

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Startup Tip: Why startups fail

Ever seen, heard or been part of a startup that failed? I’m not just talking about a new startup business, but also including in this question the products we’ve worked on within our established companies where there was a level of uncertainty associated with them.

Most of us would answer “yes” to the question above. We lived through the early 2000’s when web products were spinning up everywhere just to see them fizzle out over time. Then there are all those other startups we never hear of. Whether directly or indirectly, we’ve all seen or heard of failed startup. But why do startups fail?

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Startup Tip: How to approach starting something

A few months ago I engaged in a startup venture and left my job in the corporate world. I’d been thinking about doing this for months and incrementally moving closer and closer to taking the leap, but now was the right time and the right opportunity. Needless to say, it’s been a tremendous learning experience for me and a lot of fun!

Most of my professional experience was in the corporate world, although I was exposed to a lot of opportunities around new products and new markets. So, stepping into building a company from the ground up has been a tremendous learning opportunity for me. I thought my blog would be a great place for me to capture what I’m learning about starting a technology business and maybe he can help one of you take that leap also.

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