Our Work As Our Ministry Show 71

Recently, I was approached by the mission’s pastor at our church about a vision for a mural in downtown Spartanburg. Jason sent over a picture of what it would look like, and he explained that the purpose was to give the community a visually appealing piece of art that would could remind people of the hope we have in Jesus.
Jason envisioned it to be a place where people could come to pray and be reminded that no matter how bad it gets; we have an eternal hope if we have trusted Jesus as our Savior. Our company was offered the opportunity to be a corporate sponsor of this project to which we accepted. I had no idea it was going to be as big as it is. If you’re ever downtown, go down Dunbar Street and check it out. You can visit HopeInTheBurg.com to see more.
On the site, there are videos of people being interviewed about the mural. Our sheriff is interviewed, and he mentioned that the people the Sheriff’s department interacts with don’t care about how much you know. They want to know how much you care about them. It was a good reminder that people will remember more how you made them feel than what you told them. I can wax and wane about financial topics in our newsletters, but helping people feel good about their financial well-being is most important.
I am part of a business group that businessmen Jason and David Benham organize that’s for Christians in business. The motivation for their group came from Billy Graham once saying “I believe that one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.”
Billy Graham
The Benhams teach in their group to view our profession as our ministry. In order to do this, you have to ask yourself, “How can I minister to the people I interact with?” That’s a paradigm shifting concept because it changes the outlook I have for most every interaction. When you go in to a situation looking for ways to meet someone’s known or unknown need, your work becomes your ministry. That’s how society changes for the better.
When I write this, I think about this being true for teachers. Teachers are clearly meeting a student’s need and normally go into every class with the perspective of helping others. We think of nurses or doctors this way, but my point is we should all go into our profession with the mentality of, “how can I bless this person?”
As things seemingly drift further and further out of control in our society, I believe people are searching for answers. We can have hope and peace with Jesus, despite the turbulence of our society. Let’s hope, as Billy Graham envisioned, that God will move through the business community and elsewhere to bring a Great Awakening. Proverbs 29:12 states, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Christian and non-Christian alike all benefit when Biblical values are used.
I’m always happy to speak with you about anything I’ve covered here or answer any questions you may have. You may call us at 864.641.7955.
Until next week,
David C. Treece,
Financial Advisor
PS: On our podcast this week I discuss an article the covers the odd attributes this stock market has created.

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