Just Don't Hurt Your Family (Proverbs 15:27)

I have a physician colleague who is an excellent surgeon and a successful businessman. When I was beginning my own medical business, I met with him for advice seeking wise counsel. After conversing for over an hour, he smiled and looked at me and uttered these sage words.

“Whatever you do, just don’t hurt your family.”

He shared that he had seen so many people make business decisions that ultimately ended up hurting their family. Some decisions were poor or risky financial investments, others took time taken away from the family, still others were dishonest and flaunted the law. Whichever the decision, the family was the loser.

Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.
Proverbs 15:27

Running a business requires a substantial investment of one’s time and financial resources. While the owner may list a multitude of reasons for starting it, ultimately, only a business that is dedicated to serving God will honor Him. The type of business does not matter. What matters is the heart and attitude of the owner. The Bible warns against greed and unscrupulous actions in any business dealings. Your family will be hurt. And God will hold you accountable.

In business and in life, none of our decisions are made in a vacuum. Seek God’s will first by believing and trusting in His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior. If you confess your sins to Him and truly repent, He is faithful and just to forgive you and grant you eternal salvation.

There is no more important decision you can make for yourself and for your family.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.