Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Truth About Christian Based Business

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Last week I was interviewed about running successful internet based businesses for the past 14 years.

One of the questions which came up was about how I was vocal with my Christian faith…even in my “normal” internet coaching business.

If you want to listen to the interview, you can do so at:
http://paulbevans.com/interview-with-terry

Mainly the interview is about tips and tactics for running a profitable internet business today.  It’s not specifically about a “Christian” business but that does come up right around the middle of the interview.

I’ve been thinking about this and how many people try to compartmentalize their life. 

Their business is over here in one compartment.  Their family life is over there.  Their Christian faith and church life is over there.

And they don’t want the sections to meet.

There’s only one problem with that way of thinking…

It simply doesn’t work.

Another term that’s often used here is “balance.” 

But instead of having a balanced life, I think we should focus on having an authentic, integrated, and “WHOLE” life. 

This means, yes, you put God first in your life.  You care about your family…and spend time with them.  You have friends and socialize.  You take care of your health.  And you work to produce value for those around you (which is where you gain your income).

Trying to achieve an “even balance” of all these activities isn’t the goal I’m after.

Instead it’s about being authentic in all of them…being a whole person wherever you’re at.

On my internet business side, I do share my faith at times.  But mainly I treat people the way I want to be treated.  I try to operate my business by Christian principles even when I’m not sharing my faith.

For example, I’ve never tried to convert anyone to Christianity in any of my information products or when I’ve asked to speak at an internet training event.  It’s not the purpose there.  But I do try to be a “light” wherever I am…which means doing my best to stay true to who I am as a whole person.

I can tell you this…I felt much more satisfied when people have come up to me and asked me if I was a Christian at events than if I would have told them.  Somehow they recognized it themselves.  And that’s really my goal all the time…although like everyone else I fall short of it at times.

When a lot of people hear a phrase like “Christian based business” it seems like they’re thinking ONLY of businesses which sell products and services specifically designed for Christians…like a Christian bookstore.

But I think it goes much deeper than this.  If you’ve set up your business to provide real value for your customers and clients…and you strive to live your Christian faith in everything you do…that’s what I’d call a Christian based business.

This brings up another subject that a friend asked me recently.  They asked me why I seemed to be so blessed in my business. 

Of course I talked about God’s blessings and grace to them…and I mentioned about how I regularly pray for wisdom and guidance.

But it also brought up something I don’t think about all the time, but it’s just my normal way of doing business now.

Since I work at home without any staff…it’s normal for me to stay in an attitude of prayer throughout the day.  I ask God for wisdom and guidance about decisions I make.  I ask God to help me give the best advice to clients I speak to. 

There are times I’m not doing this, and I NOTICE that I don’t have as much peace and joy. 

So it’s something I’d highly recommend to anyone.  Keep everything in prayer.  Keep an attitude of prayer, because God really does care about your daily activities…even the small things. 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Phil 4:6-7 NKJV

If you want to listen to the interview that brought up this line of thought, go here:
http://paulbevans.com/interview-with-terry
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About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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