If you know me at all, you know I love to start at the high level, or the basics. In all creations, startups, or restructuring, you have to start with the fundamentals – the basics! If you are not doing the basics, how can you succeed?
We all knew what would happen in the early nineteen seventies, including the 1972 undefeated season, (if you were alive and watched football) when the Miami Dolphins football team had a fourth down with 1 yard to go – It would no doubt be a run with Larry Csonka up the middle! Why? Because fundamental to any football offense was a running game, and Don Shula, the hall of fame coach, knew it. And he was also very hard to stop – very hard! But did you know Don Shula and staff actually trained Csonka how to run most effectively? It was a fundamental with that much importance!
Now, we all know the latest buzz words and trends regarding hiring and retaining talent at your business, but here’s why you should be delighted to find Christians with the skill sets you need in your organization:
An authentic Christian is fundamentally trying to follow the directive from Jesus Christ, to use His summary of all of the law and the profits by loving God and loving others (like they are you!). Given that summary from Jesus, loving other people, as is, becomes a Christian worker’s target (Matthew 22:40). This “fundamental” leads to a camaraderie target among colleagues that is very good for your business. And talk about inclusion – everyone is included in this – everyone!
In addition to loving others, Christians are called to do and be the following, which are all very good for your business:
Work Diligently (Proverbs 10:4, 12:11, 12:24, 13:4, and 21:5)
Have love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22)
Work with all your heart as if working for Jesus (Colossians 3:23)
Bring glory to God by what you do. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Focus on Excellence and good things (Philippians 4:8)
Be Honest (Proverbs 13:11 and 16:11)
Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly (Micah 6:8)
Encourage others (Ephesians 4:29)
And many more!
No one is perfect down here on this earth, so this doesn’t mean you’ll find every Christian doing all of these all the time. But isn’t it nice to know some of your employees have incentives way beyond your company statements and your compensation plans? This could fundamentally (I know I’m over-using that word! LOL) change the way you look at your employees in 2022.
And by the way, if you are a Christian, are these your targets? If not, they should be, and why not get back to the fundamentals starting today?