Invested For Success

Fifty years ago, my late husband decided to take a financial and career risk by leaving a secure paying job to create his own computer company. At the time, we had two little girls and a house mortgage. Knowing Richard’s tenacity and gifted mind, I joined him in his risk, that these many years later proved to have been a good decision.

One of the qualities making his business successful was his committed involvement in the day-to-day activities. The employees he hired were also committed but he never wanted them to think he didn’t care about the company’s success more than they cared. By creating the business, Richard had a greater incentive for success; his financial and sweat investment would either make or break the future outcome. He was not about to let it fail simply because he ignored it!

Some people, called “Deists,” believe God created the world, then “walked away,” leaving it and the inhabitants to fend for themselves. I find the rationale of this philosophy curious. I believe we can all agree on the wisdom of my husband, who created a business to be involved with its success daily. So, can human creativity show greater responsibility and care toward his creation than Creator God toward His?

Jesus told His disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 14:5, NKJV, emphasis mine). In the book of Acts, when Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, God sent The Holy Spirit, Comforter, Helper to reside not only with humankind but also to live in him to guide and direct him through his day-to-day activities. No! I take great comfort in knowing that God has not left me alone to either fail or succeed in life depending on which way the wind blows. I believe Him when He says, “without Me you can do nothing.” In the morning upon waking, I pray for God’s wisdom in the decisions I need to make throughout the day. At night before closing my eyes to sleep, I pray for God to protect my thoughts and dreams. Human freewill includes trusting God to care about His creation work and for intentionally creating each one of us “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).