In 1903, with a little experience in dairy products, a young man moved to Chicago to start a business. If he could put his cheese-making theories to work, he knew he would turn a profit. To get started, he bought cheese from a manufacturer to sell.
He arrived in Chicago with $65 in his pocket. He bought a cart and rented a horse. He and Paddy, the horse, worked very hard.
By the end of the first year, however, he was $3,000 in debt. Soon he could no longer get credit to buy cheese. He kept trying and working harder, but still had no success.
Then one day, determined to sell $100 worth, he loaded the cart full of cheese. At the end of the long, hard day, he counted his money: $12.65. That’s all he’d made.
Can you imagine the disappointment he must have felt? He and Paddy walked sadly toward home. Dejectedly, he wondered aloud, “What’s the matter with me anyhow?” Just then, he thought, I’m working without God rather than with Him! So right then and there, he made God his business partner.
I’m sure you’re familiar with this man’s business. He’s J.L. Kraft, the founder of the Kraft Cheese Company! And I don’t have to tell you how God blessed his business—after he made God his partner.
My friend, when you make God a partner in your life, He’ll bless you more than you can imagine. It may not be in dollars, but it will be in personal satisfaction, meaning, and purpose.
No matter what your business is—whether you’re an interior decorator, a stay-at-home mom, a lawyer, a sales clerk, or a teacher—God wants to be your partner.
Paul told the Philippians, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (4:13)
When you allow God to give direction to your life, you can do all things.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:4
By Vonette Bright, My Heart in His Hands: Winter
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