For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule:

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10

Earlier this morning I arrived at the church to find a strange man wearing a black suit walking suspiciously in the parking lot. I know, there are no strangers in the House of God, but I’d never seen this man before. With a heavy accent he asked if I was Pastor Everett. And like any other God fearing man, who has not always been in the church, I replied “who wants to know?” He explained that he was looking to rent space to tutor school-aged children and teach English to non-English speaking adults. I then confirmed who I am and invited him into my office. Immediately, he started telling me all the wonderful things he had heard about me. And, I immediately knew that he had no working capital. Nevertheless, having been a struggling entrepreneur myself, I have a passion for them.

He too was extremely passionate about his plans to start his business. He explained that he helped someone else start a similar program only to be cut loose after the program was up and running. Now, if afforded the opportunity, he would establish a program that would stop world hunger, do away with partisanship in Washington and be a financial blessing to the church throughout eternity. I’m being a little sarcastic, but I sincerely love people who feel strongly about their vision.

After proudly sharing that I would allow him to run his program for the first three months free of charge in order to give him time to establish his business, I told him that he would first need to obtain a business license, certificate of occupancy and business liability insurance. He then confided that he didn’t have the funds. No kidding, I thought. Then, thankfully, he asked what I thought he should do.

  • Get a job

  • Save your money

  • Establish your credit

  • Sharpen your skills

  • Plan ahead

And, count the cost.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower,

does not first sit down and calculate the cost

to see if he has enough to complete it?

Luke 14:28

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