November: That a Man should not be Fretful in Matters of Business

What is the common or universal understanding of business?

…excerpt from,  “Imitation of Christ” by  Thomas á Kempis

Book Three

Chapter Thirty-Nine: That a Man should not be Fretful in Matters of Business

“My son, commit always to Me thy cause, I will dispose well of it in due time. Wait for My ordering of it, and thou shalt find thy good therefrom.

O Lord, most cheerfully do I commit all unto Thee, for my thinking can little avail. Would that I did not so much dwell on future events, but gave myself up without reluctance to Thy good pleasure.

My son, oftentimes a man vehemently struggleth for somewhat he desireth, but when he hath attained unto it, he beginneth to be of another mind; for the affections remain not firmly around the same thing, but rather drive us from one thing to another. It is no very small thing for a man to forsake himself even in things that are very small.

The true profiting of a man is the denying of himself; and a man that hath denied himself is exceeding free and secure. But the old Enemy, who always setteth himself against all that are good, ceaseth at no time from tempting, but day and night plotteth grievous lyings-in-wait to cast the unwary, if he can, headlong into the snare of deceit. Watch ye, and pray, saith the Lord, that ye enter not into temptation.”

My child, always commit your cause to Me I will dispose well of it in due time…

Wait for My appointment, and you shall find it will be for your good…

O Lord, I do most cheerfully commit all things to you, for my effort avail little…

Would that I might not be too much set on future events, but give myself up unhesitatingly to Your good pleasure…

My child, often times, a man vehemently pursues something he/she desires and when he/she has arrived at it, he/she begins to be of another mind; for man’s affections do not long continue fixed on one objective but rather do him/her from one thing to another…

It is therefore no small advantage for a man to forsake himself/herself even in the smallest things…

The true progress of a man consists in denying of himself/herself and he/she that is self-denied, lives in great liberty and security…

But the old-self who always set himself/herself against all that is good, continually at no time from insisting, imposing his/her willful desire…unwary, that he/she has been deceived by self…therefore, ‘watch and pray’ says the Lord, ‘that you enter not into temptation.’

Scriptural Basis:

(Ecclesiastes 3:11-12) He makes all things beautiful…I know that there is nothing better for man than to be happy and do good while they live…

(Psalm 38:15 For in you, O Lord do I wait/hope…

(Romans 8:28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…

(Ecclesiastes 4:8) There was a man all alone…there was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth, ‘for whom am I toiling, he asked? Why am I depriving myself of enjoyment /happiness? This too is meaningless, a miserable business…

(Ecclesiastes 5:19-20) When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them to accept his lot and be happy in his business, this is a gift of God…he seldom reflects on the days of his life because God keeps  him occupied with gladness/happiness of heart…

(James 1:5-8) If any of you lack wisdom let him/her seek it from God who gives generally to all and it will be given him/her…but when he/she asks, he/she must believe and not doubt because anyone who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind…that man should not think he will receive anything from God…he/she is double-minded and unstable in all his/her ways…

(Luke 6:10-1) Whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with big things…so if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

(Matthew 16:24) Jesus said: ‘if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up  his cross and follow Me…’

(James 1:14) But each one is tempted when by his own desire he is dragged away and enticed…

(1 Corinthians 3:18) Do not deceive yourselves…if anyone of you thinks he/she is wise by the standards of this age, he/she should become a ‘fool’ so that he/she may become wise…

Words of Wisdom

*Jesus Christ – ‘Knew ye not that I must be about my Father’s business’ (Luke 2:49)

*King Solomon – ‘seest thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean man.’ (Proverbs 22:29)

*Scripture (King James version)- ‘ Be kind to one another, in love honoring one another; not slothful in business (Romans 12:10-11)

*Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor, Philosopher, Writer)– ‘Do not make business an excuse to decline the office of humanity’

*Khalil Ghibran (Poet, Philosopher) – ‘It is in exchanging the gift of the earth that you shall find abundance yet endless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but  lead some to greed and others to hunger’

*Thomas A.Kempis (German 14th Century Writer and Philosopher) – ‘Man proposes God dispose…’ “Now listen, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there carry on business and make money…why, you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow, what is your life? You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and soon passes away…instead, you ought to say, If it’s the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that…as it is, you boast and brag, all such boasting is evil…’

Special quotes and thoughts for your meditation:

– If love interferes with your business, quit your business

– A shady business never yields a sunny life

– A person without a smiling face should not open a business

– Courtesy is a business asset, a great gain never a loss

– Business goes where it is invited and stays where it is well treated

– Good will come to them that conduct their business with justice

– Business becomes pleasure when the exchange be in love and kindly justice

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