“No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:5-7 NASB
There are many situations that arise in business where one can be tempted to compromise his valves and convictions, for example, to win a contract or get a job or win a promotion. And many times these temptations can be very subtle and even appealing. To keep from falling into this trap of compromise you are going to need courage and strength. Webster defines “courage” as “mental and moral strength to resist opposition, danger or hardship.” Courage is a matter of the will, not your feelings. You make a determination that you will choose to do the right thing even though your feelings may be telling you just the opposite.
Peter Drucker, management consultant and writer said, “Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” And it was Aristotle who said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” Take heed to what our Father says in Proverbs 16:2 NASB: “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.” Proverbs 16:8 NASB says, “Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.” And Proverbs 16:7 NASB tells us, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be a peace.”