Have Busy Hands, Not a Busy Body

I suppose I never really gave gossiping much thought before I became saved. In the world, it’s an acceptable thing to do. Everyone does it so therefore it’s ok. But, much like everything else that goes on in the secular world, once a person is born again, none of what the world does and considers to be normal is acceptable in the eyes of God. When you become in fellowship with Him, you can just feel His eyes as they go to and fro upon the earth to see who is righteous and just before Him. If you truly love Him, you live to please Him and you are transformed into a new being. The old ways just aren’t acceptable anymore, not to God and not to yourself. The Holy Spirit becomes your guide and will let you know when you aren’t pleasing God by the things your are doing or saying. You can’t hide from Him.

I am a fortuneate person because I grew up in a Chrisitian home. Both my parents lived godly lives and they projected this way of life into me. Gossip was never made popular in our home. But as I got older and went out in the world on my own, I didn’t practice all these values in my own life. I just never gave it much thought. I suppose I was made to feel regret later for things I had said, and all that did was destroy trust from others. I often wondered why some people got away with gossip and I never could? The truth is, no one gets away with it forever. God will always reveal this stuff to people so they might come to repentance and confess Christ. He will leave us exposed and looking pretty foolish. I myself got tired of looking like that fool. Because of my human weaknesses I remained in the dark about the right way to be living. I got tired of feeling ashamed for things I had done that I never meant to do. But, you can’t deny the things you get caught in doing and you can’t explain your way out of them. You just hope that you will be forgiven. I finally learned that I first needed forgiveness through Christ so that I could forgive myself for the things I had said and done to hurt others in order to expect them to forgive me.

Now that I’m a different person in Christ I dare not say things about people. Repeating things that are said to me just aren’t tantilizing anymore. I have learned that silence speaks louder than words. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that within me I hold the confidence of someone else. I never feel the guilt or worry that they would ever find out that I repeated something that was not intended to be repeated. Gossip does no more than create problems and negativity to those who come in contact with it. This is not Christ-like living. So why do people who call themselves Christian participate in it? It’s my guess that 1.) Either they aren’t really a Christian or 2.) They don’t know God’s Word very well. Both of which are a real problem.

Some people will justify their Christianity by saying they go to church. As the saying goes; you can sit in a garage forever and that still won’t make you a car! Then on the other hand, if you truly are a Christian who attends church and aren’t living a Christian life then you are in disobedience to the Lord and have no excuse for your behavior. Jesus talks about the dangers of a Christian who knowingly causes someone else to stumble and fall into sin. (Matt. 18:6) God will hold us all accountable one day. To which we can’t offer Him excuses.

The Bible says a lot about the problems that gossiping will cause. I find that people who love talking about others are generally bored. They aren’t keeping busy. This doesn’t mean keeping busy in other people’s affairs. God calls us to serve and serving involves using our hands. If we do serve with our mouths, we should be speaking words of God’s love and truth. This is not gossip, it’s edification. There’s a big difference. Gossip tears people down, God’s Word builds them up.

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica and commended them for their Christian beliefs even during persecution. He wrote mainly on the subject of Christ’s return and how they should be prepared in this event. It still holds true today. We should always strive to be ready for Christ’s return. In first Thessalonians Paul writes about the way Christians should be living.

“Furthermore, Brethren, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that you (follow the instructions which) you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life].” 1 Thes. 4:1 (Amplified)

Walking as a Christian simply means to submit to Christ and let Him lead you into all righteousness. The only way we can do this to pay attention to what teachers and pastors are telling us. It’s for our own good. It’s not meant to go in one ear and out the other, it’s to be heard and done…every day. Virtue is our goal. Gossiping is not virtuous. Paul knew this and that is why he warns us not to do it.

Here is what Paul says about not gossiping;

“To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you.” 1 Thes. 4:11

It’s not just a suggestion, it’s valuable life sustaining information for Christian living. We must make it our main ambition to live quietly, which is not talking about others. In other words, mind our own business. If no one can point a finger at us, our lives will be that much more peaceful. By keeping our hands busy in doing things that honor God, that will keep us from being busy bodies and poking our noses where they don’t belong. Then we won’t have to worry about who said what about whom. We can stop this fire of the tongue before it ever ignites.

If you find yourself talking about others, ask God to guard your mouth from saying anything that shouldn’t be said. If you hear gossip simply turn and walk away. Don’t play into the whiles of the devil. Stop and consider how you feel when people are talking about you behind your back. Take your concerns to God, only He can solve the problem. Take action in allowing Him to keep you from creating the problem. If we feel the need to talk, let’s talk about God. Only good can come of it.

Only after talking to God about people are we ready to talk to people about God?

The 5 Golden Rules of Business Body Language

The guidelines that you bear in mind and never forget about are classified as the Golden rules that always apply. Like torches to guide us in the dark of night, they shine vividly to keep us on course and always propelling in the correct direction.

Golden Rules exist to get used, to be followed religiously, and to show you how. Regardless of what your main purpose is or what challenge you face, the rule is there to latch onto if you start to veer off track. Just find the Golden Rule that applies and abide by it.

Listed here are the 5 Golden Rules of business body language.

Rule # 1.

People usually lean forward and “into you” when they are really interested in what you are presenting, saying, proposing, etc. The rationale behind that is that unconsciously, we lean toward what we like. So, the next time you’re really interested in something someone is saying, take a quick second to check your own body language. You may find that you are actually leaning forward and are glad-fully engaged. Furthermore, the next time you are at a seminar, show, or lecture, look around at other people when interesting or captivating things take place. This observation can help you next time you are pitching your product/service or offering a good suggestion to a potential client.

Rule # 2.

When a person’s shoulder blades are not in line with your own, they are preoccupied. Ever talk to a person who is conversing with you but their body seems to be facing as if they’re set to move past you?

First of all, give them a mental credit for speaking to you while they’re really focused on their next meeting, assignment, errand, etc. Remember that they probably mean well but something in the back (or front) of their mind has got them anxious to fly.

Many times this happens if you happen to catch someone who is on their way somewhere and has stopped to have a few words with you. If this happens when at a networking event or during a one on one sales presentation, you may have to use your smooth gift of gab to help them to focus completely on what you are displaying. As you speak, notice their shoulders coming in line with yours.

Rule # 3.
Arms Folded. This could indicate a person feeling uncomfortable of anxious. A lot of people fold their arms when they are calculating, weighing the facts, and are not feeling confident about the answers.

This could be due to something you are saying, the way you are saying it, or even an individuals general mistrust of you. Not to be taken as offense, you may just need to know each other a little better and establish trust. If the same happens with a person you know reasonably well, it is probably the first reason or just a general feeling of discomfort.

Rule # 4.
Two people talking with their shoulder blades parallel. Have you ever been at a business function and noticed two people talking with their shoulder blades in perfect alignment? This is a good indication that they are involved in a serious or interesting conversation. The aligned shoulder blades say that they are closing the doors to interruption at least temporarily.

Notice that when the same conversation is coming to a close, their shoulder blades and general position of their bodies begin to face an exiting direction. This happens even before the conversation ends. When you are out at business networking events, it’s a sign to now approach without being intrusive.

Rule # 5.
Person is completely facing you but frequently looking away. Usually when a person is completely engaged in a subject, all elements of their being will reflect this. The same holds true when in conversation. Take a look at the person in your next few interactions. Are they giving you regular eye contact?

Typically, when not looking you in the eye, they will say something that exhibits the fact that they are listening or are engaged. If they are constantly looking over your shoulder or into the background, chances are, they are preoccupied.

Once again, don’t be offended, just acknowledge this and pick up the talk at another time if possible. This also depends on the priority level of the talk as well. You will want initiate this carefully and not offend anyone as you cut the conversation short.

You can trust and believe in these Golden Rules to help you better understand business body language. They’ve been time-tested and also have been proved to be true. Follow them carefully and your ultimate success will likely be assured as well as your communications much greater.

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How Online Bookkeeping Services Are Helpful for Small Business

The World Economic Forum Meeting (WEF), 2016, was a complete head-turner. Expertise industrial personalities, economists and many other eminent personals present there incepted the theme of Fourth Industrial Revolution around the globe. It illustrated an essential fact, i.e. updated technology is going to change our way of living, work strategies and interaction module.

Small Business Heads – Get Updated

How the labour market and many of the other corporate segments is going to sway the global economic policies also got conveyed at the meeting. In this respect, the brilliant role of tech trends, that helps in accounts management and bookkeeping got revealed too. The concept of “on-demand everything” also got an excellent grant at this event. Now, here lays a crucial idea behind, which needs to be considered by the entrepreneurs and business-heads of small business. This is to be advanced with the beneficial aspects of small business bookkeeping services online, for well-planned functionality of entities.

Some essential factors that vitalize this sort of services are:

  • Earlier a server would cost a hell, but new-age cloud accounting system comes with a free Google Drive.
  • Comes with no office rentals or charges.
  • Ability to fetch free managerial guidance.
  • No hazards of paper, prints or file management.

But Don’t Mix Accounting & Bookkeeping

Small business heads has to undergo a huge number of tasks. As a result of which, accounts or bookkeeping responsibilities seems to be a tedious responsibility. But it can’t be left ignored, either. At this juncture even an efficient business person would suggest the proficient performing assistance of online accounting and bookkeeping services. However, there is a significant difference between:

Accounts Management: It vitally manages the presentation, preparation and also the representation of statutory returns. Legal advisories in respect of financial status of entities can also be fetched with its assistance. Basic guidance to proceed with excellence gets served with it. How to make a proper utilization of the business capital available is one of the most significant roles too.

Bookkeeping Traits: More than half of the responsible financial management system gets finely aided with bookkeeping services, available online. A bookkeeper, in this respect, can also aid clients with the usage perspectives of software being used. High-end inventory controlling can also be gained with them. Even the retail business bodies can be assisted with POS (point of sale), i.e. maintenance of daily monetary transactions. Research, planning, execution of plan and hence moving-forwards is the strategic work process of these bookkeepers.

How & Why of Upgraded Online Bookkeeping for Small Business

100% cloud based accounting and bookkeeping services is truly appreciable for its professional outlook and functionality. Removing all the hassles and obstacles, it got finely designed to serve the clients with accuracy and safety too. Time-driven performance of the software like Xero must also be considered here. Best part is, these online service providers allots the supreme beneficence of accounting and bookkeeping, combined all-together. Hence, some notable advantageous facets that must be stated, goes like:

  • It can be of supreme help from the initial phase only. Like, from the stage of company formation.
  • Automatic bank reconciliation to creation of smart reports gets perfectly maintained with the strategic cash flow management by them.
  • Invoicing, payment, pay-runs and mobile-apps linked within, also helps in updating the clients with every minute details of financial transactions.
  • Managing the tactical legal issues and strategic planning for meeting with the desirable financial goals also gets well served.

Why Not Opt For The Best?

Now, internet and updated technology is a diversified domain. No wonder, it is embedded with a widened variety of accounting and bookkeeping services too. But to be connected with the service suppliers associated with Xero bookkeepers, is comparatively gainful. Here are some attributes that has made it possible:

  • It aptly works as a data flow rather than a data entry.
  • Total control by the small business clients has increased it beneficence too.
  • 24/7 Login facility to go-through the financial transactions.
  • Accuracy at its best.
  • Safe, secured, confidential and protective modes of financial management.
  • Cost, time and energy beneficial.

Smooth running of a business firm is only possible if cash flow and financial accounts management gets finely executed. This is highly significant for the entrepreneurs of small business process. Saving time, energy and completely cost efficient assistance in this respect are the online accounting and bookkeeping services. From the software being used to functional qualities, everything has made it a laudable subject in the (WEF) too.