By Steve Kubicek
Special to Inside The Pew
What is the one scripture that you draw strength from?
“Joshua 1:9 (NIV) is the verse I reach for when I’m facing a challenge. It reads, ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’”
Share the best advice you can share with an entrepreneur?
“Are life, prosperity, and honor important to you? Assuming they are, keep reading. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, left a treasure map that promises to lead to life, prosperity, and honor. Solomon imbedded the map in the form of an instruction. You can discover the map for yourself by carefully studying verse 21:21 within Solomon’s book of Proverbs. You will note that he first explains for whom his treasure map is intended. Solomon says, ‘He who pursues… .’ Do not miss this point. Solomon makes it clear. He means you, if you are willing to follow the instruction that follows. Solomon continues, ‘He who pursues righteousness and love will find … .’ Notice that this statement is definitive. Solomon declares that whoever pursues righteousness and love will indeed find, ‘life, prosperity, and honor.’ What a promise; what a pursuit.
“Your legacy is dependent upon your pursuit of love! I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 when he said now I will show you the way of life that is best of all – love. Paul says that ‘love’ is the most excellent way. Paul also warns that if we achieve our accomplishments without love our legacy will end up amounting to little more than an irritating noise; certainly not prosperity and honor.
“As an entrepreneur it is important to recognize that in addition to building our business we are also constructing our legacy? According to the teachings of Paul and Solomon, depending on the path pursued, we either establish a legacy of little consequence, or we build a legacy of prosperity and honor. The determining factor is a choice. Will we intentionally choose a pursuit of righteousness and love in all our business dealings and life activities, or not?
“Pause for self-examination: What paths are you pursuing? Are you pleased with the legacy you leave at the end of each day? To test the status of your legacy and determine if you need to make adjustments insert your name in place of the word ‘love’ in Paul’s description of the attributes of love below (see underlines): ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boost, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’ – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV).
“Now ask yourself, am I on the right path?”
Have an interesting tidbit about your business or yourself that you would like to add?
“I would love to invite readers to visit www.upandinbook.com, the official website of my debut book, UP and IN: Seven Keys to Unlocking Your Potential. I created UP and IN, a personal growth guide, as a means of showing how to adopt the Up-and-In point of view—a powerful, transformative, uplifted, inspired mindset that turns down-and-out attitudes upside down.”
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