BUSINESS MINDSET BUILDER. Jacob was doing superbly well while employed in Laban’s farm business [Genesis 30] and you may think that Jacob’s full potentials were being employed by the way he was able to expand Laban’s business. But then, despite the great success in being Laban’s business manager (or COO), Jacob felt there was more to his potentials than what was being accomplished. His true potentials were yet to be discovered.
And unless he pursued his true potentials, his life would be meaningless. So he told Laban one day:
“Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland…You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?”
Employment had got to stop and his own business started if he were to do anything really substantial for his own household. He realized the fact that as long as he was just employed, he was just doing things for someone else’s household, no matter if he was paid big salaries.
Another thing Jacob realised–your true potentials are discovered and developed only if you start doing things for your own household. So he begged to leave and go home to his own homeland.
Most people just settle with having a good-paying job and rely on the benefits that go with it. Later, in old age, they rely on what benefits government can give them. Their principle is, someone has got to take care of them. But often, the people or government that they rely on fail them–like what Jacob discovered with Laban.
Laban always cheated him.
So Jacob–with God’s leading and grace–decided to do his own small business. Instead of asking for a higher pay doing a job for Laban, he asked that his wages be a capital for his own business. All spotted or dark-colored sheep, lambs and goats in Laban’s flocks were to be his. Laban agreed–but as soon as they forged the agreement, Laban took all the spotted flocks and gave them to his sons.
But Jacob found a way to secure his end of the deal. Just read about it in Genesis 30.
You see, Jacob started with a small capital, and second rate at that. Spotted flocks, especially sheep, were considered inferior to those with white color. But anyway, it’s not the quality of business capital but quality of faith–especially the spoken Word you heard from God. And for all of us, it’s God’s spoken Will that we discover and hone our full potentials for his use and glory.
Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you–although if you can gain your freedom, do so. [1 Corinthians 7.21]
Employment is slavery to your boss. Though some people would reject this idea, it’s true. I’ve seen (and have experienced) how people were made to do overtime work against their will and sometimes even without pay. I’ve seen how they were required to work on a holiday and not paid extra for it. I’ve also seen how employees were shouted at and threatened by cruel bosses like they were real slaves.
Often too, you cannot prioritize your family because your boss needs you to do things for him first.
St. Paul said, “If you can gain your freedom, do so.” Jacob did just that.
So what happened after Jacob did a small business?
In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
A lot of other things happened between Jacob and Laban. But in the end, Jacob was able to go back to his native land where his 12 sons–heads of the 12 tribes of Israel–were born, enabling him to pursue God’s will for his life–his true God-given potentials.
To secure your financial freedom as well as for your family, doing a small business is the ideal. Then, the profits are better managed if you invest them, like in an insurance policy with an investment tool that allows you to make profits while you’re still alive. You won’t have to look after the investment yourself. Professional fund managers will do it for you. Thus, you earn money using other’s time and effort. For more on this, just contact us.