I’ve had times of major disagreements with business partners, employees, vendors, and yes… CLIENTS!
That’s never going to go away. We live in an imperfect world. Interacting with each other will naturally produce conflict.
The only person that can change is ME. I’ve learned that if I seek peace by biting my tongue, showing reservation, and walking away, I can defuse any situation.
But this MINDSET is difficult to achieve without a few key ingredients.
First, the greatest book ever written on the subject of peace is the bible. It’s the book I wake up to almost every morning. Although the first half is almost all war, the second half is all peace.
And that’s my second key the equation of peace: Jesus.
Peace will always be an elusive dream in our businesses unless we first meet the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ Himself. It is Christ who can give us the serenity to be kind in the face of adversity with Business partners; it is Christ who gives us the ability to remain silent in response to angry words spewed in our face by a client; and it is Christ alone who will someday bring peace to the turbulent marketplace when He establishes His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
The Bible says:
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! Proverbs 12:20 NLT
If you’re really deep in anger and it’s even difficult for you to open a bible every morning, then at least set a daily reminder on your phone to repeat these statements to yourself while in the car or before work:
I must choose to submit to the peace of Christ.
My morning time in the word calms my inner person.
I am a calming influence on others.
I am filled with inner peace.
Peace flows from my heart.
I tune in to the peace of heaven.
Christ said to the Samaritan woman at the well,
“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life” (John 4:13).
Godpreneurs, as much as is within you, be at peace with all men.