By:Robert J. Tamasy
Robert J. Tamasy是亞特蘭大「領袖遺產」 (一個非營利性機構) 通訊部的副總裁。他是一個有40年經驗的資深記者，也是多本著作的作者，包括Tufting Legacies; Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press);也與David A. Stoddard合著The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress)。欲知更多詳情可上www.leaderslegacy.com 網站或是他的部落格 www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com、www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com 、www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com
最近在你的職場是否有「實質審查」的行動?結果如何? 如果有人來問你，要如何在做重要決定之前，適當的來做「實質審查」，你會給他什麼建議? 你是否在做決定時都會來尋求神的智慧?如果有，你覺得這樣做有幫助嗎?如果你沒有尋求神，你是否會覺得所做的決定是不恰當的?解釋你的答案。 在本篇週一嗎哪中，作者告訴我們最重要的決定是「無論如何，在個人或職場，我們都要懇切尋求神並且為祂而活。」。你是否同意?你對於庇哩亞人「天天查考聖經，要曉得這道是與不是」的看法為何?備註:如果你手上有聖經，想要知道更多與這個主題相關的經節，請參考下面的經節:
約書亞記1章6-9節; 詩篇119篇9節、11節; 箴言1章7節， 2章6節， 3章13-15節， 16章16節; 提摩太後書3章16-17節
DUE DILIGENCE REWARDS SINCERE SEEKERS
By Robert J. Tamasy
In the business and professional world, we often hear the term “due diligence” describing the process used prior to making important decisions. For instance, when seeking a new leader, companies will perform due diligence to find the best candidate. Before introducing a new product or service, a business does due diligence to evaluate consumer interest, competition, product placement, and marketing.
When looking to add a key individual to the staff, due diligence is in order to ensure the right person is selected: skills, expertise, experience, values, motivation, proper fit with other members of the team.
As individuals, when thinking about a significant vocational change, we are well-advised to do our own due diligence – studying opportunities in the job market; the quality of organizations we are considering to become our employer; whether a job offer represents an opportunity to advance our career; and perhaps most important, if we intend to change jobs, what do we really want to do. Do we want to do the same thing we have been doing, only somewhere else? Or is it time to take a totally new career path?
Research often makes up a large portion of due diligence, and today such information is more available than ever. Through technology – especially the Internet and social media – necessary data can be obtained in minutes instead of days or weeks. We have greater resources than ever for making the right decisions. But often we forget or neglect one important source – the wisdom of God.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts and “due diligence,” the best choice remains unclear. At such times it would be advisable to do as the Bible”s New Testament recommends: “If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
When perplexed and faced with a difficult decision, it has been my practice to pray, asking God for wisdom and necessary insight to ensure that I do not decide in error. Through the years, I have met many leaders that have made the determination, “God is the owner of my business,” so it made sense to them to seek His wisdom for their day-to-day decision-making.
However, there is an important “qualification” to seeking God”s wisdom. We find it in the following verse: “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does” (James 1:6-7).
As I have thought about it, in light of all the many decisions that we confront each day, there is one decision that transcends them all: Whether we will sincerely seek to live for God, not only privately but also professionally. Thousands of years ago, the Israelite leader Joshua made this declaration: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Have you made the same determination?
If not, due diligence again is merited. Such a decision, certainly, should not be taken lightly. We would do well to follow the example of spiritual seekers in the ancient city of Berea. In the New Testament, we are told, “the Bereans…searched the Scriptures to see if what Paul (the apostle) said was true” (Acts 17:11). In my experience, such searching has always confirmed and strengthened my trust in God.
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist for 40 years, he is the author of Tufting Legacies (iUniverse); Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blogs, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com and www.bobtamasy.wordpress.com.
What is a recent example you have experienced – or observed – of “due diligence” being performed in your workplace? What has been the outcome? If someone were to ask you how to properly go about performing due diligence prior to making an important decision, what advice would you offer? Have you ever considered seeking God”s wisdom in your decision-making process? If so, have you found it helpful? If you have not asked for wisdom from God, does the suggestion seem strange or uncomfortable to you? Explain your answer. In this “Monday Manna,” Mr. Tamasy suggests perhaps the most important decision of all is whether to live for God, both personally and professionally. Do you agree? What do you think of the example cited of the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures” to determine whether what they were being taught was true?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Joshua 1:6-9; Psalm 119:9,11; Proverbs 1:7, 2:6, 3:13-15, 16:16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17