COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE
Please read the below update from Steve Dulin,
Dear Kingdom Business Leader,
In this chaotic season that we are going through with the coronavirus, I would like to remind you that this, no matter how it seems, is still just a season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season.” While this season is incredibly difficult for many people, it will pass. It can be very hard to remain focused and seize the opportunities that can arise during seasons of difficulty, but I believe that is what God wants us to do.
In times of crisis, anxiety or fear often rise up, and we spend precious time focusing on what is happening, or what could happen, or what should happen, as opposed to how God wants us to respond to the season we are in. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Instead of entertaining fear, let’s reject fear and anxiety, and use what God is giving us right now – power, love, and a sound mind.
So, what should we be doing right now?
- Turn to the Lord. The first thing we recommend, of course, is to turn to the Lord. God is the one who has all the answers you need in this season. Perhaps you have been in a busy season, and your prayer or devotional life has suffered. We encourage you to spend time with God and read His Word for the timeless answers and revelation that only He can provide. In perhaps David’s greatest season of crisis, when the enemy had burned Ziklag with fire and had taken the people captive, 1 Samuel 30:6 says that David strengthened himself in the Lord his God and God did a mighty work in David’s life. Perhaps you or someone you know has more time than normal in this season and can spend more time with God. We are making available a lesson on how to go on a Sabbatical with God we have written for our KBL groups. Click here to access the lesson.
- Stay positive. I have been through many recessions and difficult seasons in business, and there was always a greater purpose or change that God was trying to do in my life in that season. Look for the good in what is happening. God promises to work all things together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.
- Do not give up. The enemy will try to discourage you and get you to quit in this season. The devil has no mercy and will attack you in a greater way when you are down or the most vulnerable. We are making available a lesson we have written for our KBL groups called Never Give Up on what to do in difficult times. Click here to access the lesson.
- Take time to think! Some people are busier than ever during this season, but maybe you have unplanned time on your hands. Perhaps trying to generate sales is like pushing on a string at the moment. We want to encourage you to work on your business instead of in your business. What are the areas of your business that can be changed or modified during this season to make it stronger and more effective? What systems and processes can you implement? What one thing can you do that will bring about positive change? Pray and think about these questions and then ask God for more ideas.
- If you can afford it, be generous. When our construction company encountered slow times, we often sent our crews to the inner city and small churches to do construction projects for free. By the grace of God, in twenty-five years, we never had to lay anyone off. If you can afford to continue to pay your employees when they are not working, you will certainly be building loyalty in your employees and will reap the benefits of that loyalty. If you cannot, pray about and think of other ways that you can support your employees during this time. Even just checking in with them can go a long way.
- Ask God what you can do to help others in this difficult season. I recently sent to several of the largest churches in America a list of things churches and Christians can do to reach out and extend the love of God to others in a practical way. This is a great opportunity for Christians to make an impact on our communities. While some ideas were church specific, below are a few of the items I included. If your employees are not working right now, perhaps you could pay them to do some of these things. Not only would you be blessing your employees, but they would have the opportunity to minister to others.
- Help widows and the elderly. Contact nursing homes and offer to deliver food, medications, etc. Perhaps the elderly need to be driven to the doctor. How can you help?
- Perhaps you could buy food from restaurants to help support the restaurants and then deliver the food to those in need. You could buy gift cards to local businesses/restaurants that can be used later and tell the restaurants you just want to bless and support them during this crisis.
- Perhaps you could staff food banks or deliver care packages to those in need.
- Do our first responders and health care workers need anything? How can we show our appreciation for them? Could we deliver them cookies, food, and cards of gratitude?
- You could donate blood, as many communities are running low on blood.
- There are numerous opportunities. Let’s get creative!
Please be encouraged that you will make it through this, and a new season will come. God is 100% for you, and so are we.
We love you and are here for you. We will continue to pray for you. Please let us know how we can serve and help you.
Kingdom Business Leaders