By: Rick Boxx
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。想要更多了解正直資源中心或想要收到電子文件的「瑞克每天的正直時刻Rick”s daily Integrity Moments」系列文章，請上網www.integrityresource.org。他的書「如何生意興隆而不犧牲正直」提供人們正直地作生意的方法。
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根據全國和全球目前不確定的經濟環境，你的機構對為將來計畫有什麼態度？ 我們都了解在採取新的行動前要謹慎的重要性。但太謹慎是否有不利之處？請解釋。 當你強烈地想引進新的觀念或做法，你一般都採取什麼程序？你曾採用過作者所建議的步驟嗎？或者你認為那些建議將來可能有幫助？請解釋。 在工商界每天實際的生活中，你認為想要在工商界榮耀並討上帝喜悅是什麼意思？那如何應用在處理經濟的不確定性上？依你的觀點，試著這麼做是否切合實際？為什麼？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
THE PERIL – AND PROMISE – OF UNCERTAINTY
By: Rick Boxx
Many business leaders believe a primary reason the global economy continues to struggle and has demonstrated little evidence of renewed strength is due to uncertainty. Taxes are creating a strain on everyone. Many economic indicators are unsettling. And the political landscape in much of the world is filled with unknowns. As a result, business leaders are hesitant about moving forward with new projects, hiring new staff, or engaging in any significant activity that could put their corporate bottom lines at risk.
In one respect, such cautious approaches seem warranted. Would it be wise to proceed with reckless abandon even though economic conditions do not seem favorable? In the Bible”s Old Testament, the book of Proverbs endorses taking action with prudence. For instance, it says, “The prudent sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it” (Proverbs 27:12). In other words, failure to recognize dangerous situations and act accordingly can lead to disastrous consequences.
Yet waiting until conditions seem perfect might not be the most prudent course to take, either. By then it might be too late. As the adage reminds us, “The early bird catches the worm.” Sometimes the best time to launch something new is when everyone is gripped by inertia. While everyone else has become immobilized by fear of what might lie ahead, some of the great success stories in the history of business have been individuals with the courage – and foresight – to proceed with well-conceived ideas.
So how does one tell the difference? How can you discern when it is best to be cautious and wait, and when it is best to move forward despite prevailing uncertainty?
While no one can offer guarantees of success even in the most favorable economic conditions, the Bible offers some helpful guidelines worth considering. Again the book of Proverbs provides sound insight:
Gather all the information needed. One of the major contributors to failure is unwillingness to conduct sufficient research and prepare properly before taking action. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out” (Proverbs 18:15).
Seek counsel from trusted associates. One way to get that information is consulting with friends and peers that are knowledgeable about the steps you are considering. They can provide viewpoints you might not have considered. “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure” (Proverbs 11:14). “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).
Proceed motivated by a desire to honor and please God. Too often plans are driven by selfish desires or prideful motivations. Those potential pitfalls can be avoided when the individual”s intent is to follow the direction God reveals. In the Bible”s New Testament, Romans 8:5 teaches, "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires."
Prudent planning and awareness of dangers are imperative in business, yet when you truly sense that the Spirit of God is prodding you to move forward, the wisest course is to listen to God’s Spirit.
Copyright 2011, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.
What has been your organization”s attitude toward planning for the future in light of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the economy, both nationally and globally? We can understand the importance of proceeding with caution before embarking on new initiatives. But could there be drawbacks from being too cautious? Explain your answer. When you feel strongly about introducing new ideas or programs, what process do you typically follow? Have you used any of the steps suggested by Mr. Boxx – or do you think they might be helpful in the future? Explain your answer. In the pragmatic, everyday world of business, what do you think it means to have a desire to honor and please God in business? How does that apply to dealing with uncertainties in the economy? Is it even practical – in your view – to try doing this? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4-5, Proverbs 10:17, 11:2,14, 12:15, 14:15, 15:14, 16:3,9, 27:17; Colossians 3:17