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成功的「食譜」需要正確的材料──THE SUCCESS ‘RECIPE’ REQUIRES THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

我在烹飪方面的「技能」非常有限。我會煮熱狗、打開罐頭湯並加熱、也會煎或炒雞蛋。然而,我很幸運地有一位廚藝遠超過她自己承認的妻子,所以,我不缺少美食可享用。

即使我不是廚師,我也很看重食譜的價值。正確的材料按照適當的比例混合是很重要的。即使是最著名的廚師,也無法彌補缺少的食材。在商業上也是如此。成功的公司很大程度上是正確「食譜」的產物,其中包括所有必要的材料,按照適當的比例混合而成。

如果你要寫下你的組織正在使用的「食譜」,它會是什麼?對大多數企業來說,這些材料將包括人員(people)、計劃(plan)、預測(projection)、準備(preparation)、生產力(productivity)和利潤(profits)。在英語中,這些材料的每個詞都以字母P開頭。然而,我觀察到在許多情況下,有一個關鍵的材料被遺漏了,這個材料也以字母P開頭:那就是禱告(Prayer)。

40多年前,我加入CBMC成為正式同工,擔任編輯,後來成為出版物的主管。讓我最愉快且最具啟發性的職責之一,是對那些致力於在職場中活出信仰的企業家和專業人士,進行採訪並撰寫文章。他們都是從業於各類職場領域中,獨一無二的人。但在追求成功的過程中,他們有一個共同的做法:他們都會禱告。

他們大多數不是為了具體的成功或打敗競爭對手而禱告。他們禱告是為了智慧和引導,以建立他們的事業。他們為自己的員工禱告;他們禱告上帝為他們所遇到的問題,提供解決方案。最重要的是,他們禱告自己和他們的公司,能夠在同業中成為上帝的美好見證(使徒行傳1章8節),並且在每天遇到的人中,成為耶穌基督有果效的大使。(哥林多後書5章20節)

以下是聖經教導我們,將禱告作為我們日常生活「食譜」一部分的簡要摘錄:
禱告是持續不斷的,而不是偶爾的活動。我們可以專門安排特定的時間進行專注的禱告和默想,但禱告也是我們每分每秒都可以做的事情,無論身處何地,都要「不住地禱告。」(帖撒羅尼迦前書5章17節)

我們可以為所有的事與任何事情禱告。對於我們可以禱告的事情或如何禱告,沒有限制或界限。無論情況如何,我們都可以自由地向上帝表達我們的需求、憂慮甚至恐懼。「應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。」(腓立比書4章6節)
上帝應許回應祂兒女的禱告。耶穌教導說,與祂建立個人關係的直接結果,就是我們可以根據祂的旨意,為我們所需的事情禱告,並確信我們的禱告會得到回應。「你們若常在我裡面,我的話也常在你們裡面,凡你們所願意的,祈求,就給你們成就。」(約翰福音15章7節)

© 2023. Robert J. Tamasy 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之心的作者David A. Stoddard 合著Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括Mike Landry. Bob的書:透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob的網站為www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com

備註:如果你有聖經,想閱讀更多相關的內容,請參考下面的經文:

撒母耳記上 12章23節
12:23 至於我,斷不停止為你們禱告,以致得罪耶和華。我必以善道正路指教你們。
詩篇 55篇1節
55:1 神啊,求你留心聽我的禱告,不要隱藏不聽我的懇求!
約翰福音15章16節
15:16 不是你們揀選了我,是我揀選了你們,並且分派你們去結果子,叫你們的果子常存,使你們奉我的名,無論向父求什麼,他就賜給你們。
以弗所書 6章18節
6:18 靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求;並要在此儆醒不倦,為眾聖徒祈求。
提摩太前書 2章1-2、 8節
2:1 我勸你,第一要為萬人懇求、禱告、代求、祝謝;
2:2為君王和一切在位的,也該如此,使我們可以敬虔、端正、平安無事地度日。
2:8 我願男人無忿怒,無爭論(或作:疑惑),舉起聖潔的手,隨處禱告。
雅各書 5章16節
5:16 所以你們要彼此認罪,互相代求,使你們可以得醫治。義人祈禱所發的力量是大有功效的。

反省與問題討論

  1. 對於為你的工作或你的公司禱告的想法,你會如何看待?你是否曾經認為這樣的禱告,超出了禱告的預期範圍呢?請解釋你的答案。
  2. 在你認識的人中,是否有人成為你的榜樣,因為在他每一天的生活中,都會為自己的工作、事業和所有遭遇的景況(包括任何無法預期的情況),都不住的禱告呢?
  3. 當聖經教導我們要「不住地禱告」或「持續地禱告」時,你認為這意味著什麼?我們是否可以在不預設一個特別的姿勢,或身處特定的場所下禱告,即使其他人不知道我們正在禱告呢?請解釋你的答案?
  4. 在你的日常生活中,不論是在工作、家庭還是社群,你將如何使禱告成為你「食譜」的核心材料?


THE SUCCESS ‘RECIPE’ REQUIRES THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS

By Robert J. Tamasy

My cooking “skills” are extremely limited. I cook a hotdog, open a can of soup and heat it up, and I can fry or scramble an egg. However, I am blessed having a wife whose capabilities at cooking are much greater than she likes to admit. So, I do not lack for having good things to eat.

Even though I am not a cook, I do appreciate the value of recipes. The right ingredients mixed in the proper amounts are important. If ingredients are missing, even the most celebrated chef cannot compensate for what is lacking. It is much the same in business. A successful company is largely the product of the right “recipe,” with all the necessary ingredients mixed in proper proportions.

If you were to write down the “recipe” your organization has been using, what would it be? For most businesses, the ingredients would include people, plans, projections, preparations, productivity, and profits. In English, each of these begins with the letter P. However, it has been my observation that in many cases, one critical ingredient is left out, one that also begins with a P: Prayer.

More than 40 years ago, I joined the staff of CBMC as editor and then publications director. One of my most enjoyable – and enlightening – responsibilities was to interview and write articles about business and professional leaders dedicated to living out their faith in the workplace. All were unique individuals serving in a vast array of vocational pursuits. But in their pursuit of success, they shared one common practice: They prayed.

Most of them did not pray for tangible success or victory over their competitors. They prayed for wisdom and guidance in how to build their businesses. They prayed for their employees. They prayed for God to provide solutions to problems they encountered. Most of all, they prayed that they and their companies would serve as good witnesses for God in their communities (Acts 1:8), as well as effective ambassadors for Jesus Christ with whomever they encountered each day (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Here is just a sampling of what the Bible teaches about prayer as part of the “recipe” for our daily lives:

Prayer is continuous, not an occasional activity. We can set aside specific times for concentrated prayer and meditation, but praying is something we can do every minute of every day, regardless of the setting. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

We can pray about anything and everything. There are no limits or boundaries for what we can pray about or how we should pray. We can freely express our needs, concerns and even fears to God, regardless of the circumstances involved. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

God promises to answer the prayers of His children. Jesus taught that a direct byproduct of a personal relationship with Him was to pray for whatever we needed – according to His will – and we could have the assurance of having our prayers answered. “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).

© 2023. Robert J. Tamasy has written Marketplace Ambassadors: CBMC’s Continuing Legacy of Evangelism and Discipleship; Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart, coauthored with Ken Johnson; andThe Heart of Mentoring, coauthored with David A. Stoddard. Bob’s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. What are your thoughts about the idea of praying for your work or your company? Have you ever believed that to pray for such things was outside of the intended scope for prayer? Explain your answer.
  2. Who do you know – if anyone – that serves as an example of what it means to pray for their work, for their business and the various situations – even unexpected ones – that come about during a typical day?
  3. When the Scriptures teach that we are to “pray without ceasing” or “pray continually,” what do you think that means? Can we pray without assuming a particular posture or being in a designated place – and even when other people have no idea we are praying? Why or why not?
  4. How might you go about making prayer a more central part of your “recipe” for how you live and conduct yourself throughout the day, whether at work, at home or in your community?  

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:
    1 Samuel 12:23; Psalm 55:1; John 15:16; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1-2,8; James 5:16



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