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Blueprint for Business
July 21, 2009

Blueprint for Business- Part 2
Salt & Light Volume II, Issue 19 by D. Scott Prindle

"The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of the fool is in the house of pleasure." (Ecclesiastes 7:4)

plant Pillar of Mourning
A good friend and business partner of ours recently lost her 26 year old son in a rock climbing accident.

He was an avid adventure seeker always pushing his limits, and praise God, he loved Jesus.

We will walk with her as she mourns his untimely death. The grief felt and shown over her loss is hard to see as a pillar in Wisdom's house.

Yet Jesus calls her blessed. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

It's About People
In the workplace, many people never slow down and truly empathize to make each contact count as genuine and sincere. It's still all about people and their feelings.

Forced to slow down by a big fish, Jonah preached to sinful Nineveh and the city repented. God's mercy spared these folks who were so caught up in sin they didn't know their right from left.

"It's still all
about people and
their feelings."

Jonah was upset. He found himself sulking under a plant the Lord had caused to grow to protect him from the harsh sun.

The next day the Lord caused a worm to eat the stem of the plant and it died. Jonah had become very attached to this little plant and now mourned its death. He cried out to God to take his life and end his suffering.

That's when the Lord asked Jonah a question. "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" Jonah replies, "It is right... even to (my) death."

Do You Get What You Deserve?
Jonah could mourn the loss of a plant that he did not sow or cultivate... why should God not take pity on a whole city of people (120,000) he created and nurtured for many generations?

Because he mourned the plant, Jonah learned he should have been mourning the condition of his own unmerciful heart.

How many people do you meet everyday as you're doing business? Do you mourn for their condition? Do mourn for your own heart when you think it's good that people get what they deserve? Did you get what you deserve?

Mourn. This is the second pillar of Wisdom's house. Next week we'll discover the third pillar together.

Love Never Fails,
Scott & Laurie Prindle
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