Tried and True – Good Faith Offer
Before establishing his food packaging brokerage in Dallas, Fred Smith Sr. was vice president of operations for Gruen Watch Company and consultant to Mobil, Caterpillar, and Genesco.
Fred was a Christianity Today International board member, and a contributing editor for Leadership journal for 20 years.
As a mentor, Fred had few equals. He died in 2007 at age 91, but his sage advice can still be savored in his book, Breakfast with Fred (Regal, 2007).
What He Said … Good Faith Offer
Sanctification flows into the Christian’s life not from the pump of works to manipulate God’s favor but through the pipe of faith. By faith he looks to the Scriptures for principles to live by. Every time he puts them into practice, he is living by faith.
One time when I was in negotiations with the steelworkers’ union, our lawyer was convinced that they were going on strike. Therefore he recommended that we not make an offer because it would be used as the basis for the next negotiation.
As I left home to go to the meeting, I did something I’d never done before. I opened the Bible and read the first verse I saw: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them” (Proverbs 3:27).
I knew what my decision would be. Against the lawyer’s recommendation, I opted to make a reasonable offer.
To our amazement, the union members readily accepted it. So we avoided a strike. I felt that I had been given divine guidance.
Adapted from Breakfast with Fred (Regal, 2007)
Prayer for the Week: Ask God for the resolve and discipline to be consistently faithful with routine matters in ordinary times.