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From janitor to president using biblical principles

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No, no, no … not that president. However it isn’t impossible in America for a janitor to rise to the top office in the land. After all, Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday was celebrated this week, did have humble beginnings. No, this isn’t about getting elected to high public office. It’s about one mans story of starting out as an orderly in a hospital and rising to the presidency over several of its facilities here in central Florida.

This gentleman came to Florida on a football scholarship to play for the University of Tampa Spartans. Then the NFL awarded Tampa a professional team in 1974. The University felt local support for Spartan football would decrease, the board of directors decided to drop the sport, and the young man lost his scholarship. Unable to pay for his education, he got a job at the hospital where his mother worked.

Despite this setback, he began working his way up in the hospital. One of the tactics he employed revolved around his belief system. As a believer, he applied the principles he found in the Bible to his job. As he was given more responsibility, he began sharing these principles with his co-workers. All the while being careful not to quote chapter and verse, or let them know where his wisdom and sound advice came from. Then a funny thing happened, people started asking him for the source of his guidance. That’s when he was able to point them to the book of Leviticus.

So, what does Leviticus teach us about how to do business successfully? In Leviticus 19:11 God instructed Moses to tell His people not to steal, deal falsely or lie. In verse 13 they were warned not to cheat anyone out of the wages they were due. Verse 15 deals with being impartial and fair in judgment. And verse 16 tells them not to gossip. In regards to finances, verses 35-36 instructed them to keep their measurements honest.

In the world today, we hear story after story of unethical business practices leading to financial gain. And we may wonder why should we follow God’s advice, while those who don’t appear to prosper. But Proverbs 23:17 instructs us, “Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. (KJV)”

Following biblical principles will help someone excel in their job. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, once said, “We are what we repeatedly do … excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Proverbs 22:29 puts it this way, “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men. (NKJV)”

One man rose to a high position following biblical principles. But, even if ones job doesn’t allow for such promotion, one should still excel at it for the glory of the Lord.

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