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Business Praise 33. Growth – The Business Meeting

Business meeting, finance report! Dollars in, dollars out. Credit, debit, interest, tax, Dividend, profit and loss, cash flow. Some people love these numbers! I’m thankful for their contribution, But it’s not me. Lord, you have infinite resources. Figuratively, your streets are paved with gold, [1] And I have a glorious inheritance with you. [2] There’s […]

Business Praise 45. Finance – Legal Services

We need lawyers sometimes. To draft agreements, contracts, and patents, To manage litigation, inter-company disputes, Assist with Regulatory Submissions to Government, Trade practice, legislation, and on and on. Some of these things are fun, others not very pleasant. We live in a litigious society. Thank you for their careful work. Your kingdom is all about […]

Business Praise 35. Growth – Planning

Today, I went to a planning meeting, Lord. We evaluated where we are at, And tried to forecast the future. It all took a lot of time As we tried to pick our way through a maze of options. Some we will get right, but mistakes are inevitable. Our track record shows that well! For […]

Business Praise 46. Finance – Reports

I have to prepare a report. It’s one of the more tedious things I have to do. I’d rather talk than write! But the system requires it. I usually tend to delay as long as possible, Then when I finally start, it seems to come together faster than I thought. Do you need a report […]

Business Praise 36. Growth – Business Travel

Here we go again. Another business trip! Early start to the airport, one hour flight, Taxis, four appointments, meal, and return. Same day this time, But I know all about hotel rooms. Business travel is required for people contact. Phone and letters, even video conference don’t make up for the personal touch. They miss the […]

Business Praise 47. Finance – Superannuation

My superannuation has been growing for 20 years, With contributions by me and my employer. And it will grow a bit more before I retire. It’s a privilege for which I thank you. Many people don’t have this resource. When the time comes, help me to invest it wisely. I want to maintain a lifestyle […]

Business Praise 37. Growth – Retreat

We went on retreat recently – our team. There was a need to stand back, to reflect, And to let our individual reflections kindle intuition and discernment in each other. It was a powerful exercise in team building, too, For each knew that we together knew, that we were on the same road – in […]

Business Praise 49. Personal – Bored In The Office

I was bored today at the office today, With sameness, monologue, repetition, and the futility of irrelevant human endeavour. What was my real problem? Inactivity? You are the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, But you are not boring, and certainly not inactive. I think the real problem is that “I see through a glass, darkly.” [1] […]

Business Praise 39. Growth – The Merger – Coping

Lord, my company is merging with another. Our head office will move to a different city. It makes sense from a business point of view, But we are human. And I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m over the stun now – mostly, And my principal emotion is nostalgia. Friends and colleagues […]

Business Praise 50. Personal – Worrying

Lord, I seem to be lying awake worrying, About that difficult letter I need to write tomorrow. The politics, arguments, sensitivities, and prose. But I shouldn’t be thinking about this now. How do you want me to handle this? “My son, let me work on this one for a while. In your mind, put this […]