Friday, September 23, 2011

TGIF - Using Others

Today's Prayer
Dear God, Opportunities abound. Please help me 2 discern when an opportunity is something that You have placed b4 me and when it is something that would be contrary 2 Your will. Stir my conscience and bring questions, examples,and Scripture 2 my mind that will guide me in this process. Help me 2 consider biblical values; ethics; the gifts, skills, and abilities You have given me; my family and other commitments; and anything else they may open my eyes 2 the truth. Encourage me 2 grasp the opportunities You give and 2 turn from the opportunities that I should not touch. Thank You, God, 4 Your hands of guidance and Your arms of Love. In Jesus' name, amen.

Using Others
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman

"So in everything, do 2 others what u would have them do 2 u, 4 this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12).

Have u ever heard the term, "Money talks?" This old cliché has some truth 2 it. How we handle money speaks very loudly about our values, especially among those in the marketplace.

One of the common business practices today is to extend payment on invoices 2 use that time 2 extend a company's cash flow. The bigger companies can often insist upon even longer times 4 payment. And bcoz this practice is so prevalent it allows a business that honors their vendors w/on-time payments 2 stand out from the crowd.

This delayed payment policy violates a basic biblical principle. "Give everyone what u owe him: If u owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor" (Rom 13:6-7).       One of your greatest opportunities 2 show u are different is in the practical matters of being faithful 2 your obligations. True servant-hood is revealed when we have the best interest of others in mind. This means not always seeking 2 negotiate the lowest price 4 services, but the price that is fair and still honors the vendor 4 his service or product. "For in the same way u judge others, u will be judged, and w/the measure u use, it will be measured 2 u" (Matt 7:2).

Use money 2 demonstrate your respect of others by paying others in a timely manner.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

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