[WARNING: This post contains the following absurdly-potentially-offensive words: “Bible”, “Christian”, “devil”, and, brace yourselves, “Jesus”. Breathe. You’ll make it – and I won’t physically or literarily beat you over the head with any of them.]
“…and I find answers to all of my problems, both secular and spiritual, with scripture.”
That got my attention. Sheepishly I admit that the previous parts of the life-altering speech had me floating in and out, largely due to jet lag going from South Florida in America to Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom.
Managing Director of United Christian Broadcasters, and wildly-successful secular businessman David L’Herroux (pronounced “low-roo”, he’s French – can you tell?) sat the CreativeLab Europe down for a chat to get to know us better.
One hour later my feeble jet-lagged mind was blown.
I blame the first quote of this blog. If you are anything like I was, you think the Bible is a comforting book on your shelf – nice if you were worried about divorce, or lust, or how to live righteously (if anybody got time for dat).
Something I have always known and never applied well is that the devil takes a bit of truth and twists it to make the lie believable. The greatest lie about the oldest book is that it is no longer relevant. I once heard it described as tantamount to an appendix in the body – it served a purpose at one point but no longer does, and if it isn’t removed can kill you.
How perfect for Satan! Of course he wants Christians, and the rest of the world, to look at the Bible but never really consult it – they would grow farther from Christ that way. I realize the danger of viewing the Bible as antiquated, the danger of an “oh, that’s cute” mentality towards it.
So not only is it relevant in every living situation, but that includes both personal and professional aspects of life.
How can it help a business?
Bible management is a world previously-unknown to me, and still largely is. I had a follow-up meeting with David this morning, inspiring this blog.
David opened the second meeting calling the Bible God’s “divine manual to life”. When you put it that way, it seems not just a little dumb not to consult it. He went on to speak about the incredible Bible characters that came from nothing, all of whom have contributions to make in lessons of leadership.
I asked him to give me an example of a time in which he was met with a business problem and solved it with scripture. Without blinking he talked about Jeremiah 29, when God makes it clear He wants us to be successful. So he goes about every day with the confidence and knowledge that it is God’s will that we be successful.
With that in mind, he went on to speak of a lesson in customer service he learned from Jesus. I cannot think of another more equipped for customer service than Jesus, can you? “I’m blind!” Jesus: “Not anymore.” “I can’t walk!” Jesus: “Now you can.”
Not exactly like that, but you get the picture.
Anyways, Jesus said something to the effect of “love your neighbor as thyself”. David L’Herroux took incredible implications from this because he asked the Holy Spirit to speak to him through the word. From this sentence, David gathered that in order for a company to have great customer service:
- The employees need to love themselves. They need to have a passion for what they do, understand why they are doing it, and their personal needs have to be met.
- The employees need to serve one another. Until they learn to create an atmosphere of internal service, they will lack in external customer service.
Two pretty heavy implications. Definitely easier said than done. David sits down with his employees to make sure they understand why they are doing what they do, and if they like what it is they do. He makes them have off time, strictly to build their relationship with God. He also fosters a high level of servant-leadership and servant-minded individuals within his organization.
Together during that meeting we walked through Psalms 13, 15, Genesis 26, Jeremiah 12:7, Mark 3, John 12, Matthew 11:11, and more.
I am in no way an expert at this yet. Often I’ll read a verse and say “great. So?” I mean, Jesus spoke of farmers! It is easy to shrug it off as unimportant. Don’t fall into this trap, if you’ve gotten this far into the blog. The Bible is relevant BECAUSE it is one of the oldest texts. Isn’t it interesting that it’s stuck around this long?
Food for thought.