by: Ellene Meece
Sustainability is a buzz word used today in the business world, regarding our business plan or products. Sometimes it implies affecting change through a positive environmental impact or a perpetual cycle of self-replenishing.
Some application definitions are: (1) capable of being supported or upheld, as by having its weight borne from below, (2) able to be maintained or kept going, as an action or process, (3) able to be confirmed or upheld, (4) able to be supported as with the basic necessities or sufficient funds.
The good news is that you are personally in the middle of the most sustainable business plan of all time! A no-fail plan that assures you of being supported and upheld with the weight of your circumstance borne sufficiently! A plan designed to keep going eternally in every aspect of your life and confirmed by the King of the Universe. A sustainable plan supported with abundant necessities to succeed with sufficient funds.
Our sustainability comes from Jesus Christ, God's Son! "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word" (Hebrews 1:3a).
If we belong to Jesus, we are sustained. We have built in sustainability. However, being a part of God's sustainability plan also puts us in a position to be a source of support to others.
Psalm 112:5 states, "Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly."
When the crowds asked Jesus "What shall we do?" He replied, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise" (Luke 3:11).
R. G. LeTourneau (1888 - 1969) was a Christian industrialist who dedicated his life to "being a businessman for God." He was hugely successful, designing and developing his own line of earth-moving equipment.
LeTourneau was the maker of nearly 300 inventions, and had hundreds of patents in his lifetime. As he succeeded financially, he increased his giving to the point where he was giving 90% of his income to the Lord's work. "I shovel out the money, and God shovels it back--but God has a bigger shovel." - R. G. LeTourneau
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You may be thinking, "I could give 90% too if I was a multi-millionaire." Maybe so, but LeTourneau didn't start out wealthy.
A gentle challenge: Whatever percentage of your income you are currently giving, make a lifelong plan to bump that percentage with every opportunity.
Next time you are in a board meeting or conversation that discusses sustainability, get a vision of Who is sustaining you! It will give you something to talk about and perhaps an opportunity to participate in His overall sustainability plan by helping someone else!
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, Grandma's Treasures Online.
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