Recap: Peter J Daniels
The experience of Peter J Daniels that we highlighted the last time is a reminder that your dream is not beyond you even if you did not do well at school or if you are broke and heavily indebted. Despite his obvious disadvantages and bouts of failure, he kept reaching for the dream that God gave him by expanding his knowledge and continually taking action to build a billion dollar company.
Build All You Do on Biblical Principles – Truett
Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Since God cannot fail, the only time success is guaranteed is when you build what you do on Biblical principles.
The late S. Truett Cathy, who is the founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc, built the success of his business on Biblical principles and today the entity is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual sales. One Biblical principle that was at the heart of the success of the business was a deep love for people. Truett Cathy was quoted as always saying that “he wasn’t in the chicken business, but in the people business”. The statement echoes his love for people and he made it evident by sincere attempts to know the name of his customers and to form lifelong friendships with his employees. Other biblical principles that guided his approach to business was tithing and giving from corporate profits and honouring a day of rest: all Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sundays. Truett Cathy’s success is testimony that when you build on biblical principles great things will happen.
Do not waste your time building what you do on man’s philosophies; the Bible likens that to building on the sand in Matthew 7:26. It is referred to as building on sand to suggest that if what you do is not built on Biblical principles it will soon fail. Solomon reaffirmed this truth in Psalms 127:1, which says “except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it”. What Solomon was saying was that if God is not in what you are doing, you are only wasting your time. For God to be in what you do you have to be guided by the word of God. Solomon could advise on this as he had first-hand experience of failure as a result of marrying strange women which was contrary to the word of God.
You can either choose to take the advice of the wise man Solomon and build all you do on the word of God, or do the opposite and see all you do come to naught. Choose to do the former.
Put biblical principles at the centre of all your pursuits.
Lord, I seek to do all I do based on your principles. Guide me through your word so that I will not deviate from your principles and precepts. In Jesus name, amen.