leadership are desirable for influencing culture, for ethical business development that
benefits many, and most importantly, for
drawing others to the Lord. Christian business leaders impact not only employees, but
their customers, and the world.
Being an entrepreneur also teaches
young people initiative and risk management. They have the opportunity to try out
their creative ideas, walking in their God-given talents and passions. Fresh, innovative approaches and new concepts are highly valued in the current business climate.
Entrepreneurship also forces young people
to step out in faith and learn to trust God.
While applying the latest marketing strategies gets the word out about their business
and products, it is God Who stirs folks to
patronize their businesses. It is God Who
brings the success.
Another great skill learned in running
a business is stewardship. While running
their own businesses, teens learn about
profit and loss. They may also learn about
different pricing structures, investing, and
allotment of resources. All of these lessons
point to learning how to use what God gave
them wisely. Knowing how to use resources
for the best outcome is reminiscent of the
parable of the talents. God expects us to
be wise and fruitful, spiritually, intellectually, and financially. After all, everything is
His. Teens who demonstrate this wisdom
through their own businesses are sought
after for improving others’ businesses.
One of the most valuable skills that
entrepreneurship develops is serving
others. Teens see the value of living their
faith through their businesses. Treating
people with respect and truly attempting
to meet their needs is rewarded with sales
and repeat customers. Young people get
immediate feedback on the quality of their
products, encouraging them toward excellence. They get practical experience in what
it means to be a citizen of the global marketplace, and their ethics attract the best
business minds seeking to improve people’s
lives. Isn’t that what we are all called to do?
The Great Commission calls us to go into
all the world, and make disciples of Jesus.
What better way to spread the Gospel than
to be a business leader who humbly serves
others as an example of Christ’s love.
Julie Polanco is the homeschooling mother of
four children, the oldest having graduated in
2016. She is a frequent contributor to The Old
Schoolhouse® Magazine and is the high school
botany instructor for SchoolhouseTeachers
.com. Her book, God Schooling: What the
Bible and 25 Experts Say About How Chil-
dren Learn Best will be released in summer
2018. Keep up with her at her website, www
. juliepolancobooks.com where she regularly
posts about the writing life, homeschooling,
Christian living, and her book projects.
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