Business Lesson from Sunday School

If you haven’t read last week’s post about the JennJill Designs “Supporting Jim” Fundraiser, please take a moment to read it now.

Along with Rory and Suze, Arturo and I teach the junior high Sunday School class at our church. We only started at the beginning of September, so it’s definitely still something we’re getting used to, but so far we’re having a wonderful time. The kids have a knack for saying the most insightful things.

Yesterday’s lesson was particularly meaningful for me. The topic was about competition and how to handle competition in a God-focused way. One of the scriptures referenced was Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

As a business owner, this verse is sometimes hard for me, for it requests patience and perseverance. I want JennJill Designs to be a booming business right now, but instead I should seek to find contentment in the steadily growing list of orders that are rolling in. I have all sorts of hopes and dreams and plans for the future, and while what I want is to know the answers now and to have those dreams fulfilled now, I have to instead trust that God has a time for everything and that my time will come. After all, God is in the business of shaping me into the woman He wants me to be, not in the business of immediate wish fulfillment.

In the Sunday School lesson yesterday, we came up with “Rules for the Christian Game of Life” based on the selected scripture passages. The rule for Ecclesiastes 3:1 was to “be patient – your turn of winning will come.” I think that’s the perfect sentiment with which to start this busy week. Be patient. Take one task at a time. There is a time for everything, and God is in control.

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One Response to Business Lesson from Sunday School

  1. ccellist says:

    Such a wonderful thing to remember, in every pursuit. So often we are impatient about our endeavors. We want things to be the way we want them right now, but we forget that if it weren’t for the character building exercise the journey to our goals provides, perhaps we wouldn’t have the character we need to deal with the reality of our success when it does come. Thanks for such a great reminder of this important lesson.

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