Christians Respond to Businesses on COVID19 Life Support

Advisory

CEN Advisory 3.26.20
Phoenix,  AZ

Christians Respond to Businesses on COVID19 Life Support


Aware 

As Christian businesses across our nation are facing unprecedented economic fallout from the COVID19 CEN Finance Officer, Steve Marr says: “While some business owners are waiting to be rescued with government funds, others are seeking God and wise counsel from Christian leaders seasoned in navigating the ups and downs of a turbulent marketplace to give them biblical wisdom on how to survive. Biblical wisdom is the ONLY answer on how to navigate these troubled waters!” 

Christian business owners are not alone as their employees with families to support are wondering where their next paycheck will come from. How should Christians respond? The Bible tells us 365 times to fear not! When we see the stock market cratering, with large parts of our country requiring millions of small businesses and employees to stay home, the economic damage is emotionally and financially devastating. We are being challenged once again to trust in Him alone to help us find our way. 
 
Many state Governors  have declared emergencies and ordered residents to stay home and only buy food and medicine. Other states have ordered all non-essential businesses to close. Over 100 million Americans have been told not to report to work and stay at home. And, senior citizens along with other at risk individuals are being told to ‘shelter in place’ regardless of their location. The economic devastation is severe from the hot dog stand operator in Chicago to the restaurant owner with no customers.


Ready

The reality of what may be lurking just around the corner forces business owners to question: How do I prepare for what is coming next? King Solomon wrote about the attitude of a person who says: "There's a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!" (Proverbs 26:13)  When we just embrace fear we’ve already surrendered and lost the ability to move our business forward.  Yet, when Moses sent spies to check out the Promised Land most of the spies said they were able to take the land. They returned with an “attitude of faith”. Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses and said: “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be ‘more than able’ to conquer it!” Numbers 13:30
 
 A wise business person in the current environment will get ready to follow an orderly four-step process to navigate these waters. Discover what the Bible says about what business owners should do to survive. Steve Marr, former CEO of the fourth largest import/export company in the U.S. business consultant, and CEN Financial Officer explains what you should do immediatelyCoronavirus Business Owners Survival Report

First, the Coronavirus Business Owners Survival Report will help you to assess your situation. Nehemiah was in a difficult situation needing to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, after prayer, “he…went up the valley by night, examining the wall…” (Nehemiah 2:15) As a business leader your first step is to effectively assess and understand your situation. You must take a brutally honest inventory of your situation. Sugarcoating and just thinking everything will be better will not help.  Until you effectively assess your situation you will have no ability to move forward.

 

Second, the Coronavirus Business Owners Survival Report will help you understand what resources you have available. When He was going to feed the multitudes Jesus asked, "How many loaves do you have?" and then, "Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five--and two fish."(Mark 6:38

However, before the Lord fully performed the miracle of feeding the group He started by identifying what resources were available. Our resources may be cash, human capital, machinery or any other aspect of our business. Regardless how pressed we are in any circumstance we may have some level of resource. When counseling business people they often say they’re out of resources. I respond by asking: “Are you out of time? Then, you have time to commit to the business even if you don’t have cash.”

 

Third, after you have assessed your circumstances and you understand the resources you have available then determine an effective plan of action. As King Solomon advised, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”  (Proverbs 21:5) The plan doesn’t need to be overly complex but must specify who will do what by when with what expected results.  Any plan is far better than no plan because a plan may be adjusted. The Coronavirus Business Owners Survival Reportwill help you develop a plan that is effective in these current turbulent waters.

 

Finally, we need to act as King Solomon advised in an important matter, “Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.” (Proverbs 6:4)  During times of serious business dislocation - time is not our friend. To sit back and believe everything will be fine in a week or two is not wise. Therefore, we all need to put action into our plans into place. The Coronavirus Business Owners Survival Reportwill help you put plans in place in the short and long-term.

 

In our current circumstances we need to understand that all of our choices are difficult. Rather than just surrendering, we need to reflect on the words of the Prophet Amos, “This is what the LORD says: ‘As a shepherd rescues from the lion's mouth only two leg bones or a piece of an ear…” (Amos 3:12) The point is, in a difficult environment we need to operate as best we can when you may not rescue the whole animal, but you’re able to save something to carry on.


We legitimately should be concerned about what is transpiring in the workplace. But, we need to embrace the power of our Lord who will give us peace and guidance in this in any circumstances. The result may not be exactly as we like, but God’s grace will take us down the best path.

 

 

The Coronavirus Business Owners Survival Report which includes five weeks of Live conference calls with Steve Marr and other Christian business owners nationwide who are navigating these uncharted waters will seek His face together as we work hard to support our families in an honorable and trustworthy manner pleasing to the Our Lord who will not leave us or forsake us. Talking with other Christians who are facing the same challenges will help us remember we are not in a battle by ourselves as Paul wrote, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” (II Timothy 1:7)  


There  

Join in praying for Christian business owners and their employees:

  • To have an attitude of faith which helps them wisely assess their situation and take the steps the Lord wants them to take.  Nehemiah 2:15
  • To accurately understand their resources and marketplace capacity. Mark 6:38
  • To seek His face and His plans which will Glorify God. Proverbs 21:5

Join in caring for Christian business owners and their employees:

  • By supporting them personally, and tangibly to feed their families,as they navigate these uncharted waters.. Proverbs 6:4
  • By extending your appreciation for their business and being a faithful patron of their establishments as you are able. Proverbs 6:4
Please join together in sharing:
  • By reminding them God understands their pain and turmoil. He has provided a plan with an eternal way of escape, if they will turn from thinking they can solve these challenges on their own strength, and confess their need for Him. I John 1:9
  • By assuring them that they are not alone in these uncertain times. “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” II Timothy 1:7