I AM YOUR MONDAY MOTIVATOR
Reputation and Smart Stewardship.
As we round off the year, it's a good time for proper introspection and one of the things we should consider looking into is how we have fared in our business dealings; as entrepreneurs, as employees, as partners, as consultants, as directors.
"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" Prov 22:1
You see, life isn't about where we have been, or what we have been through. You may have struggled financially; that doesn't define who you are and because you are still alive, it's not the end. There's greatness ahead of you and the different phases you have been through just serve as preparation for the future. Look around and read the stories of great people in the bible and in the world at large: has there been anyone who's had lasting success and who didn't have humble beginnings?
Luke 16: 10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
In the little things you've had this year, have you been faithful? Have you kept to your word in your dealings with your clients/customers? Have you supplied according to their specifications or have you cut corners? Have you retired all company's funds appropriately? Did you over-quote for things you were meant to purchase? As an employee, can you confidently beat your chest that you worked according to your job description or were you surfing away on social media for 3/4 of the time at your employer's expense? Did you actually fare well in attaining your key performance indicators?
Being a Smart Steward doesn't mean being "smart" in cunny and mischievous ways. It means being smart managers in biblical standards in handling and managing all God has given and will give to us.
As we desire, dream, pray and work at getting better financially in 2016, we must assess our 2015 performance and aim at doing a lot better.
Just a quick look into Naomi's life in Ruth chapter1: She had been gone for 10 years and a lot had happened to her. The bible in verse 19 says the whole town was excited when she came back. She might have lost everything, but she had a good reputation. Having money is good, but reputation and character in ALL we do is better and more important.
A good reputation opens doors, it singles you out, it promotes and above all, it keeps the heavens open over your life continually.
I see a Smarter you excelling in a Smart 2016!
Sola Shiphrah Adesakin
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