To celebrate Luke and my 13th anniversary this year, we decided to have a “date day”—a whole day with just the two of us.  We started it off with massages and then enjoyed lunch at the Sand Bar behind the Riverside Hotel (my new favorite restaurant).  In the afternoon, we borrowed stand up paddle boards from some friends and cruised around Quinn’s Pond (also a new favorite spot that will be made even better with the completion of Ester Simplot Park sometime in 2017).  In the evening, we visited Alive After Five in downtown Boise and walked to dinner at the Melting Pot (another restaurant favorite).  By chance during our walk to dinner, we caught a few songs played by the Boise Community Band on the lawn of the Idaho Law Center. After dinner, we drove up to the Boise Train Depot (where we were married) and spent some time by the Koi ponds overlooking the city to give thanks for where the Lord has taken us this year and to pray for direction going forward.  Finally, we closed off the night by renting “Risen” from Red Box and watching it on our cozy couch.  It was a great day and one we were grateful to have together! 

During our time away from work and kids that day, we were also able to get some Bible reading in.  A particular verse stood out to both of us…“Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:16-18) 

This verse was so striking to me in its application for my real estate business.  It starkly contrasts the type of business woman I don’t want to be with the one I do.    When I become jealous of the success of other agents or when I make decisions based on my selfish ambition instead of the interests of others, my actions damage relationships, disorder priorities, and dishonor God.  This is not how I want to be!    I want to emulate the second part of the verse.  I want to rejoice in the successes of others and put the interests of others above my own.  I want to engage with the pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, gracious, impartial, and sincere wisdom of God in all my business dealings! This brings life and depth to relationships, produces peace, and reflects the beautiful character of my Savior. 

After I had read this verse and pondered these things, I texted it to the other agents in my office.  I encouraged them to read it and pray with me that our actions in business would line up with the second part of the verse.  When we engage with wisdom, grace, impartiality, and love, the outcome is always good.  It may not always be the outcome we envisioned, but because God’s truth is at the heart of it, it will undoubtedly be better than we could have asked or imagined.   I pray that our company can be one that lives out this verse and displays this type of wisdom, pureness, and love in every business interaction.  Through the grace of Christ, may we be above reproach and shine as lights in the world!

 

By Katie Miller

 

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