REFLECTIONS

MAKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN OUR FAITH AND OUR BUSINESS

  • Imagine that you just sat down for dinner, ready to enjoy good food and conversation, only to feel that infernal buzz in your pocket. A second or two passes while you try to remain in the dialogue around the table, but it’s too late. Your mind has been activated and your curiosity forces you to take a peek. Sure enough, it’s an associate who has just received some new information about the deal you are working on. You have a split-second to make one of two choices: 1) politely apolog...

  • Some of my most magnificent moments have been while witnessing the amazing beauty of God’s creation: hiking Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, taking in the vista from Angel’s Landing in Utah’s Zion National Park and gazing over the waterfalls of En-gedi in Israel. What made those views so breath-taking was a keen awareness that I was tasting the fruit of God’s glory and creative labor. If all I ever did was travel the world to view all of Earth’s glorious beauty it...

  • This week I sat down with a young man who will be graduating from college later this year. As one would hope, he is full of anticipation about the future and a career in commercial real estate. My own energy began to build as he eagerly hung on every word I was sharing (please excuse my excitement…it’s not often that I get that response). One thing I told him as we were sorting out options for getting started in this industry was to begin with the end in mind. That business leadershi...

  • How many times have you wished that God would write out the answer to your decision in the clouds? When it comes to making difficult choices, we all need help from above. If skywriting is asking too much, couldn’t God send us some kind of sign? The job seems perfect for my skills and passion, but the pay will force us to move. The best candidate seems too good to be true…maybe I’m missing something. Critical choices require greater clarity and can generate insecurity. Jacob alw...

  • According to one report, the average person hears 100,000 words and 34 gigabytes of information every day. That is a lot of information! The voices are constant, speaking out all sorts of agendas and motives and worldviews. That much noise can easily lead us into confusion and chaos. I raise this issue to ask an important question: Who are you listening to? What are your primary sources? How do you know they are trustworthy and true? Recently, I was discussing politics with a few family members ...

  • Whether you work for a large organization, a small company or your own business, all of us are called to strive for excellence as Colossians 3:23 reminds us: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”; for ultimately, our efforts in business are presented to God. This is a theological cornerstone of how God created us to function in the marketplace. However, our desire for excellence and success can subtly shift how we view the tasks before ...

  • We are living in a time of unrest and turmoil. There is a cultural anxiety creating chaos, suspicion and division everywhere we turn. Political discussions have turned into shouting matches on social media. Every segment of our society has become polarized to the point where civility seems nowhere to be found. But where is the Church today? I’m not talking about your local congregation or your denomination. Where is the Body of Christ? Where are the followers of Jesus? The Church belongs to God ...

  • Greetings to all of the RCN family spread across our country and this industry. I pray that you are finding strength and encouragement in Christ during these unprecedented days. I would like to share excerpts from an email that Dr. Bill Maynard, my physician and dear friend, wrote this week: “Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken.” (Hebrews 12:28) During the first week of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had three confirmed cases among our patients. One has died. Another is r...