Why We Need Faith in Business (and Everyday Life)
- Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I retook my seat across from Trent*, a client of my company Software Development Pty Ltd, to discuss a project at the local Coffee Club in Brisbane.
His eyes shifted side to side, avoiding eye contact as he took a bite of his toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. After finishing the mouthful, he added, “When we have talked in the past you are more intellectual, into science and logic.”
Why Christian Entrepreneurs Need Faith in Business and Everyday Life
Before speaking I glanced at the chef, then at Trent’s sandwich. “For something each of us uses in all walks of our life, I class faith as an important topic. Andrew Newberg, a leading neuroscientist, proves as much in his book How God Changes Our Brain. He states faith, above exercise, even diet, is the best thing a person can do for their wellbeing.”
“What do you mean ‘everyone uses faith’?” Trent asked as he bit into his sandwich.
Everyone Exercises Faith in Work and Life
“If I told you as I left the toilets earlier, I witnessed the chef leave slightly before me without washing his hands, what would you do?”
Trent stopped chewing, screwed up his nose, and lightly coughed before his Adam’s apple raised, then dragged the food down his throat. He placed his sandwich on his plate as he wrestled his facial muscles, tensing into a contorted, disgusted expression. “You serious?”
“No, but what makes you think the Chef does wash his hands?”
He breathed a sigh of relief and picked his sandwich back up. He hesitated just before his teeth were about to close down to take another bite, then withdrew the sandwich from his mouth. “Not sure? I guess I believe the chef would be hygienic.”
“Why do you believe that?”
“Government health standards, I guess, enforce certain levels of hygiene.”
“And you believe they follow the laws here?”
“How do you know they do?”
“I guess I don’t.”
“So then, how do you come to trust in eating the sandwich?”
He paused a moment. “I believe the standards are upheld.”
“There is a difference between belief and faith,” I replied.
Belief vs. Faith
“What do you mean?”
“There is the story of a tightrope walker who walked the thin wire across the Grand Canyon. On returning to a waiting crowd after a successful attempt, he asked them, ‘Do you believe I can walk across this tightrope to the other side?’ The crowd, seeing he just did, yelled, ‘Of course, yes.’ On his second crossing he walked across the wire carrying his short and stubby colleague on his shoulders. Back at the crowd he asked, ‘Do you believe I can walk across this tightrope to the other side with a person on my shoulders?’ After just seeing with their own eyes him performing the deed, the people yelled, ‘Yes, of course, without a problem.’ The performer then asked, ‘OK, who wants to be the next person on my shoulders?’ With that the audience became silent.”
Trent’s eyes widened as he contemplated the difference. He said, “I see. It’s one thing believing in something, but another thing in having faith in accomplishing the task.”
“Indeed,” I replied, “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
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