You may already have read my starting principles on which I have founded my business. But I am writing additional articles on Biblical business principles as I learn more, both from experience and from my study of the Bible.
The book of Proverbs in the Bible is especially full of very practical principles, or ethics, to live by in every area of our lives. With my interest in business, I've been amazed at how many I see with application in this part of my life. I'm excited enough about these discoveries to want to share them with others.
Because I've become very busy, these may be slow in showing up here, but I am setting aside half an hour, early on Friday mornings, to look for, meditate on, and write up these Biblical business principles. It seems a shame to horde them to myself, so I'm trying to share.
This page then becomes the index to these articles:
Chapter 19 in Proverbs briefly sums up 8 basic business behaviours that will put you on track for success. If you can discipline yourself to learn and apply these on a consistent basis, you should do well throughout your life, and your business ventures will do well.
Allow me to present these 8 Basic Business Behaviours, what they mean, and to offer some helpful thoughts about how to impliment them. Mostly they are about how to think, and that wisely.
Our ethics are our guiding principles for how we work out our grasp of what is good or moral. So I believe our morals influence our business ethics. When we have strong Christian morals, which are Christ-like, we will end up with Christian-flavoured business ethics. For example, if our conscience says, "that would be cheating my customers, (or employees), therefore I will not stoop to that action," our morals have influenced our Christian Business Ethics.
Thre are five kinds of Fools and Sluggards to avoid. It is wise to know our own weaknesses; so it can be especially helpful to beware that we don't become, or behave like any of these fools or sluggards! At the same time, be on guard when you recognize them in others.
In your business, or personal world, someone may be kissing up to you one minute and then, when you are out of hearing, will say cruel, unkind things about you to others. But how can you discern when you are getting the kisses of an enemy?
Do you have ethical business boundaries, or do you Plan Your Escapes from Trouble? We know a fire drill helps you plan and practice how to get out of a burning building in a hurry - it can save your life. There are also dangers lurking in your business and personal relationships and liasons. Therefore, wouldn't it be prudent to consider what those problems might look like and to plan how you will escape before you are trapped?