Be Prepared - That is a phrase that I have heard all my life. Some associate it with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts (personally this is where I learned it), but the phrase applies with our faith as well.
We must always be prepared to do the right thing. If you are not sure what the right thing is, ask someone you trust to help you figure it out.
In business, we have a responsibility as Christians to do the right thing and represent our faith in every aspect of the work we do. We should speak the right way, and make authentic business choices that reflect our beliefs. Every business has a return policy and we have to honor that and not push the owners around and criticize them for not fixing our problem if we don't get our way. You should not wait 2 months after you order something to contact the business and demand they replace the item and then get nasty with them when they are unable to help you. I have seen this happen recently with a friend in the monogramming business and it has left lots of hurt feelings. Do the right thing, but do it the right way within their policy.
In personal life, we have a choice to live out our faith and beliefs in everything we do. Whether it is how you treat a server, a cashier or the clerk at the DMV, they are all humans, they all have feelings and responsibilities and deserve our respect and kindness when we deal with them. Everyone has a bad day at times and please choose to be kind even when you have to disagree with someone.
Recently I was at a local restaurant and watched 8-9 middle school boys come in after school and take up a large table being very loud. While having a bunch of young people in a restaurant is not a bad thing, when they come into a restaurant being noisy, loud and saying they have no money while demanding water and chips/salsa from the server, it was most definitely a bad thing. Over half these boys said they either had no money on them or only had 1-3 dollars. I felt so sorry for the servers having to deal with them. But I have to brag on the restaurant because they handled it all in stride and stayed professional when I personally wanted to tell the boys to go home.
We as adults are not so different than those students. Some adults continue to believe that if they complain they will get their way. Many adults believe that the world owes them something.and do anything to get something free.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV): Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We must always be prepared in our daily life, work life and especially in our faith. You would not plan a road trip without programming your GPS or at least looking up a route on a map or online. So why do we as humans often make an announcement of a goal without a true plan to get there?
When we choose to study, we are choosing to prepare ourselves for the daily tasks ahead. If you can always be open to learn, then you are always open to growing. Stay Prepared and positive.