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THIS WEEK INCLUDED THE SUDDEN DEATH of two people in my circle of family and friends.

It gets you thinking. And praying.

This is when you realize that the world doesn’t begin and end with your business, your job, your activities.

It’s the kind of wakeup call that happens when you have a heart attack or big cancer scare.

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THIS IS AN AMAZING, wonderful day for Christians.  But if you don’t have a particularly Christian business, why is this important?

Because we’re real people.  And our employees.  And customers.

The human things matter.  It’s not like business is a machine we can set in the corner and ignore.

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worryMANY YEARS AGO I started using the concept of “Just-In-Time Worrying.”  The basic idea is that there’s an appropriate time to worry about something, but often people make it into a protracted period of unfocused anxiety.

And, with perspective, you might even discover that something isn’t worth worrying about at all.

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WHEN YOU LIGHT SOMEONE ELSE’S CANDLE, your own flame is not diminished.

How incredibly unusual is that?  If I give you some of my money, I no longer have it.  When I give you my food, I can’t eat it myself.

We’ve built an entire world economy on the beliefs of scarcity, which makes supply and demand powerful forces.

Not everything is that way.

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WallisDOCTOR DAN WALLIS IS A CHIROPRACTOR with a huge vision.

He started Elevate Chiropractic just a year ago with a unique approach to health. It gives patients the power and ownership to build and maintain a healthy body, supported with Chiropractic attention to the nervous system.

The deeper grounding for this philosophy is based on Dan’s Christian belief that our bodies and our vitality are gifts from God, and that God intends us to live and function well.

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StewardshipTHE WORD “STEWARDSHIP” CROPPED UP in several conversations for me recently, so it seems that God’s asking me to pay attention to the idea.

The word originally came from “servant of the house,” but over time expanded to the role of chief servant.  Well, these days few of us have servants, much less more than one, so why is the concept important?

Because it’s about taking care.  Of the house, of possessions, of the gifts you’ve been given in your life.

This is something each of us needs to do.

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Image: Luz Adriana Villa

Image: Luz Adriana Villa

CHRIST IS RISEN!  Let us rejoice!

Why’s that important?

Because we’re talking about something much, much bigger than one person’s life.  This is about the course of humanity.

To bring all of us into God’s presence, for all eternity.

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RosannROSANN WINN is a small business owner. And a performer. And a teacher. And a mother and wife.

It’s hard to know which of those to put first.

I’ve known Rosann for a number of years – we first connected when she sang for our yearly church picnic.  I was impressed not only with her artistic ability, but also her generous nature and gracious support.

But that’s a tiny part of the picture.

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KentKENT GARVIN STARTED his company in 1995 with a conviction to build a different kind of business.

What he’s grown is amazing in more ways than you’d expect.

At the moment it’s actually three businesses:

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Jane_Northrup_use J ANE NORTHRUP IS MY INSPIRATION. Because she’s living an amazing story with clarity and conviction.

Jane started Authority Staffing last year, as a way to bring ex-convicts to full employment.  But that’s a tiny fraction of the story.

You see, she’s doing this because her deep Christian faith has given her concrete direction.  Even including the name of the company itself and the fact that it’s for-profit.

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