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May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands. – PSALM 90:17
It’s time to start working on your business
On versus In
Working IN your business is anything that’s a job: execution, yes, but also the management of the execution. Working IN your business refers to those day-to-day activities that could be easily entrusted to someone else.
Working ON your business, however, includes anything strategic: business strategy, marketing strategy, sales strategy, product development, research, and the vision and decisions that live in the C-suite. As you start up or launch new products, it also includes creating the systems that make your business run.
Working on your business is the key to escaping the ultimately suffocating condition of doing everything yourself. It is to create a company that doesn’t depend on you and consistently generates the results you want without you having to deliver them personally.
How to work on your business
The words you write down matter because if that wise, sensitive part of you doesn’t buy it, you’ll be back IN the business again in the future. So be clear about where you want to go and why.
Of course, the Bible has a lot to say about working ON your business.
First is to acknowledge that you cannot do it all. That would be working IN your business. Leaders need humility to acknowledge they need help, to delegate, and to trust their employees. None of these are easy. Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
Second, don’t be timid. Growing companies need strong leadership. How can you be humble and bold at the same time? 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." And Matthew 7:12 says, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."
God gave business leaders the skills necessary to build a business. But those skills are to be also used to glorify God, and one way to glorify God is to efficiently and appropriately deploy those abilities.
Think and pray
Don’t let the minutia of routine tasks get in the way of using those abilities. Instead, learn to delegate, keep your eye on the big picture and let the Holy Spirit help discern what is essential and what is not.
Lord, help me to wisely steward my time to have maximum impact in the workplace You've called me to. Give me wisdom and vision in my leadership, that You would be glorified in all that I do. Amen.