…not a mission statement.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
– Micah 6:8
How does one implement these three requirements? Taken together, I believe the term “human flourishing” covers them. I practice a slightly modified version of the Business as Mission working definition:
- Profitable and sustainable businesses;
- Intentional about Kingdom of God purpose and impact on people and nations;
- Focused on holistic transformation and the multiple bottom lines of economic, cultural, social, environmental, and spiritual outcomes;
- Concerned about the world’s poorest and least evangelized peoples.
I seek to serve and lead business endeavors in a manner that promotes human flourishing. Being a fallible human, I have failed to achieve this goal in the past and I will fail again in the future.
My failure does not impede the mission.
My failure teaches me and motivates me to do better. When things appear bleak, I join Job in saying, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21) When blessings overflow, I strive to obey 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
My prayer is that God is glorified in all that I say, do, and am.