Behind every good business there is a mission statement that shapes the way the company operates. I’ve been thinking about what would be a good mission for our business. As I read the book of Ecclesiastes, I had an inspiration: a simple phrase: “to do good and enjoy the work”.
The first part, “to do good” means that what we do conforms to God’s standard outlined in the Bible.
- Do to others what you would have them do to you.
- Do the work with all our heart, mind, and strength
It will be helpful to complement the mission statement and general principles with a number of specific applications (such as do’s and don’ts) appropriate for the industry the business is in.
The second part, “enjoy the work” simply means we need to take delight in our work, to have fun, be happy, and be grateful for the work we are trusted with. It really is the other side of the same coin. When we are doing well in our work, we naturally feel joyful. At the same time, when we enjoy our work, we will automatically give it our best.
We want our business to be a power for good instead of greed. It all starts with the mission statement: “to do good and enjoy the work”. Simple yet profound. Practical yet spiritual.
What is your business’ mission statement? Please share them below.
- Ecclesiastes 3
12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
- Ecclesiastes 12
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
- Matthew 7
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.