Oct
10
2013

Would you have started this big?

This week’s post applies primarily to business people but there is an application for everyone.

Whilst researching a successful company’s media kit, I came across a magazine that was launched with a circulation of 200,000. As far as I know, circulation, many years later is between200,000 and 250,000 copies per month. The intention was to start large and stay large. That really got me thinking.

In business, most of us have been taught to be cautious when starting out, not to expect any profit for a while, to build our businesses gradually and incrementally. We are advised not to take too many risks at the same time and are constantly reminded of how many businesses fail etc, etc.

I am not suggesting that this advice is wrong but as a Christian, it made me realise that there are times we can and should start big. The problem is that many of us have been conditioned to start small.

So how does this fit with our Christian values? This post is intended to challenge our thought processes. We should not automatically take on the principles that we have been taught. It’s not a case of starting big or small, it’s about being like the sons of Issachar who understood the times and knew what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). So our first question should be: how does God want me to start?

I am not sure that the company I referred to above is a Christian company. No doubt they would have done their research well, had financial backers, an excellent sales team and so on, but the fact is that they dared to dream and start big.

My personal challenge is to shed the perception that God cannot cause us to start big. I have been preconditioned (yes, it’s confession time) to always start small. So, if God is big, which I believe He is, and He tells me to launch out in a big way, the truth is that at this moment I would find that difficult. No wonder the scriptures state that His ways are not our ways.

We need the faith and the boldness to step out. After all, we plan and sustain our businesses by faith. It is at this stage that we need to challenge ourselves, what we have been taught and our belief systems. For some of us, it might even explain why we are not bigger than we are.

The question I leave you with is simply this – would you start out large if you knew that was what God wanted or have you been conditioned to think that you always need to start small? As for myself, at the moment I am in transition, so back to the prayer room I go. Perhaps some of you will be joining me there.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, keep on accessing the mind of Christ

God bless

Ola

 

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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