Okay, I’m veering wildly off course today with my post. Instead of talking about virtual assisanty stuff, we’re going to talk about the business of people. Recently I was tootling along at what I thought was a good clip in my business. Things were picking up and my husband, who is also my business partner, and I made what we felt were sounds business decisions regarding goals for the year. Business was good, my bank account was beginning to building some momentum and things were getting accomplished.
With everything being so good I was on top of things, right? Then why did I feel so torn? At the very same time I had several friends really struggling in their lives; between homelessness, life and death illnesses, surgeries, multiple hospitalizations, and even a death in the family. Business was great, but life not so much. People were in need. God put them on our hearts in a real way. Then BOOM, it happened. God opened up my schedule in such a way that I was no longer too busy to be with those who needed a little time and company.
Prime Example: It had been way to long in-between visits with a dear friend of mine so I gave her a call. After several unanswered and unreturned calls and a few weeks, I was at the point where I was going to just head over to her house. Surely she’s just busy, right? Well, come to find out her fiancé had been in the hospital a couple of times with a debilitating back injury only to find out he had cancer. The doctors gave him 14-18 months IF the radiation treatments did its job. WHAT?! When did this all happen? He was healthy as a horse the last time I’d seen him and talked with her!
A week went by and I knew he had come home to the hospital and they were adjusting to their new reality and roles with my friend now being a caregiver. Several more unanswered calls and I figured they were just busy with doctor visits and the such. When I finally reached her, come to find out an infection had set in and he was now in the hospital IN A COMA. Wow. Where was I before he had gotten sick? I was too busy doing business.
I know we’d like there to be a balance between ministry time and business time, but that doesn’t always work in God’s timing. What I had to learn was that I was so busy being busy that I was not there for my friends. It WAS okay for me to take a day off when my mom came to town. Yes, building a business is important and time-consuming, but what about the souls and lives around us?
As Christians we are in the business of leading others to Christ and seeing to the “needs of the widows and orphans.” Those needs don’t stop just because we’re busy with business. Can a person have a business focus and a person focus at the same time? YES.
What does this say to the ‘grab all the business you can while you can’ idealists? Life (and death) circumstances will continue on with or without us. Should we be working so many hours providing an income, security and support when all is really needed is our time? I think the answer is clear on that one. Well, at least in my eyes it is.
What does this mean for my business? Well, it means that I will continue to work like a crazy woman (is there really any other way?!) but I will also take time out for the people around me. Being busy is one thing but being too busy for people is not the Christian way to run a business.
Don’t feel bad about taking time out of your busy day, squishing things around a bit, for people. People are important. People are the reason Jesus came to earth. He didn’t come to save the souls of businesses. He came for me and you. He came for people.
I want to challenge you to make a point of spending time with a friend for at least 30 minutes each week. Pick a different friend every week. Stop working 24-7. Make time for that friend who’s been wanting to grab a cup of coffee with you. Seriously!! What’s 30 minutes in your day really worth when in the end you have no solid friendships that grow over time?
So, who’s your first coffee break, lunch or walk going to be with?