“In everything give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – We started our little business when Evan was 7. He has seen a lot of highs and lows in his young life. He saw many of the struggles we went through as Christians trying to run a business.
One of the early situations I caused. I jumped into it too quickly, without Kris’ input, because at the time it didn’t seem like a big deal. Kris’ intuition said it would be, and she ended up being right. I had no one to blame but myself. Looking back I prayed little, if at all,because it seemed like a no-brainer. Later it would come back to bite me because of that snap decision.
A year later we had a much bigger dilemma arise that was no fault of our own. It was the lack of ethics by someone else. Two things came out of that storm. First, we prayed like we never had before, pleading to God for wisdom and favor. He graciously gave us both. Secondly, we asked what could we learn from it? And we found ourselves striving to be as “wise as a serpent, and gentle as a dove” in all of our future business dealings.
More recently we were in a situation where we were looking to merge with another company. Everything looked promising. We prayed about it a lot. Most of it looked great. In fact, when I first met with the owner of the other company he immediately started telling me about his faith. It seemed like a slam-dunk. We started looking for an office building to buy to move our new enterprise into. But something kept nagging at Kris and I when we’d leave our meetings. Something seemed to be too good to be true. We prayed more. The new company name was picked. The new headquarters was picked. The paperwork was days from being inked.
And God let the wheels fall off. The merger fell apart quicker then a poorly made house of cards. At the time I was devastated. I couldn’t understand why He would let it happen! The visions of a bigger and better company vanished like a vapor.
Months later I began to see things more clearly. I saw what could have been, and was so thankful of what God saved us from. I realized He had answered our prayers, just not in the way we were wanting.
Numerous times we have been deceived and lied to by other business people. Some have even said that’s just how you do business. Bitterness has crept in more then once. The only way I have found to get rid of it, is to pray for them. And to this day if one of those individuals come to mind, I pray FOR them.
I am so thankful that God is God…and I am not….
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22)