In this post, Rusty Rueff shares one of his daily devotional blog posts. Rusty connects the difficulty of running a business with lessons from our spiritual journey. To do so on one’s own is not the easiest, instead when two or more work together, we can strengthen one another. Take a look to read more.
“In part one of this series, I focused on the foundations and motivations of being a faithful founder. In this post, I will unpack how those things are put on display throughout the workday. They are how to be an integrated person, having a bedrock of prayer, pastoring diverse employees, serving customers with great experiences, and relating to investors in new ways.”
Even after experiencing West Texas-like storms of life, Ron Betenbough of Betenbough Homes, was able to rebuild his life thanks to God’s provision in his business. After committing the business to God, Ron and his son Rick Betenbough, experienced God’s blessings in business and in the lives of their employees. Take a listen to this inspiring Monday video.
A discussion with an entrepreneur who had begun to think about how to deliver “systematic surprises” led Rusty Rueff to think about it’s implication beyond product management. Systemic surprises are things that keep an offering fresh and exciting, without extra strain on the “system” so that these moments of surprise can be delivered flawlessly and with excellence. Rusty steps us through what systemic surprises could look like as part of our daily witness in the marketplace.
I wanted to give some thought to the topic of entrepreneurship and Christianity since I don’t think some of the issues are straightforward. The first thing I would express is something about my personal journey, which I hope will be helpful.
Not very long ago, I did not make public pronouncements about my faith even though I recognize that the Bible is clear in some parts on our obligation as Christians to profess our Christianity to others. On this point, however, I believe there is also a Biblical stipulation that we should offer our faith largely when questioned about it. 1 Peter 3:15-16 shares, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…”
Regarding this scriptural reference, I sometimes worry that we as Christians are overbearing in our approach with other people, in that many of us drive people away from Christ rather towards Him.
If you spend any time browsing through the titles of Tim Keller's sermons, you'd think that he rarely talks about faith in the workplace. However, spend some time listening to his sermons (on the Gospel in Life podcast among other sources) and you'll find that he talks about faith and work quite a bit. His sermon, "A World of Idols" is a great example of this.
As Christians, we are all called to make disciples based on the Great Commission. How does that apply at work? In the workplace, how do we live out our faith honorably without perhaps overstepping the professional line?
In this episode, Henry, Rusty, and William tackle the question should we even evangelize at work in the first place?
Faith-and-work content consistently beats the drum of affirming that marketplace vocations are as important to God as professional ministry. That message is crucial, as resources like this one give those of us with non-church giftings the confidence to pursue our callings. But we can’t stop there. Even if all believers in the marketplace one day know that our vocations matter, we still need to understand why. Otherwise we may run successful businesses guilt-free, but miss the motivation and focus that come from knowing our place in God’s story.
In my experience we often look in life to the wrong type of hero. As we get older, we know enough to know that the rock star or the comedian or the basketball MVP isn’t the type of hero that we should be modelling our life after (though sometimes they are….ok I’m a Warriors fan and love the influence that Steph Curry has on my boys), but too often times I think we find ourselves lifting up the wrong type of hero in the faith and business world.