As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the brave men and women who, nearly 400 years ago, boarded the Mayflower, risking their lives to venture to the New World. Their motivation? First, to escape the religious persecution that had forced them to flee their homeland England for Holland. And second, because they feared the effects on their children of a corrupt and permissive Dutch culture, where they also had a hard time making ends meet due to poor immigrant pay.
The Pilgrims left behind this corrupt culture, and, as foreigners, chose to instead imprint a new culture in a foreign land, America. They were prepared to make tremendous sacrifices for future generations – sacrifices that proved costly. By the end of their first winter in America, half of the passengers who had sailed to America on the Mayflower were dead.
Yet, the Pilgrims persevered and remained faithful to their God. Perhaps for the sake of these committed Pilgrims, God chose to pour out his blessing on their descendants and their new country. To use the words of William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Plantation, these Pilgrims indeed became the “stepping stones” in the formation of what has arguably become the greatest nation on earth.
As believers in Christ in business, we too are called to be “pilgrims” in a foreign land – the marketplace. Hardly a day goes by where we don‘t hear of corruption in the boardroom, let alone the concerns of crime in the streets. We would be wise to trust that God, who called us to our current roles – accountant, plumber, physician, salesperson, company president, etc. – will help us to stand for righteousness in our modern day corrupt and permissive culture.
By choosing righteousness over compromise, we may, at times, experience a “hit” to the business bottom line. But we must have faith that God will bless us, and “establish the work of our hands for us” (Psalm 90:17), as we do our part to intentionally shine His light brightly to the world. Let’s agree together today to apply the principles found in His eternal Word to our actions in the business arena as our “Thanksgiving” offering to the Lord.
May God bless you, your family, and your business!
Darrel Geis, President, Christian Blue Network
*Excerpts taken from “Why the Pilgrims Really Came to America”, by Angie Mosteller.