day 2595: Economic Guarantees

“So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.”

By now, we should know that there are no economic guarantees.  What goes up, will come down. Tesla announced last week that they will close most of their retail showrooms and we are just going to have to buy their cars online.  What we don’t know is whether or not this is a survival move by Tesla or a disruption move that could be on the leading edge of change.  Consider the cost savings of real estate, labor and inventory of cars and the impact upon their margins.  If it doesn’t affect their sales, then it is a competitive advantage move against all the other car manufacturers who have to fill up those huge car lots with cars that they don’t know when they will sell and for how much?  We may be seeing a radical shift coming. And, to be sure, there are no economic guarantees.

Last month our church invited Jon Talbert to speak.  He referenced a verse in a way I had not thought of before. He pointed out that when Jesus allowed the evil spirits into the nearby two thousand pigs and then they plunged to their death into the lake, that the economic engine of the town may have been destroyed right there and then. What does this tell me?  It tells me that it is imperative that we do our best to keep God front and center in how we lead and work. God wants to be in the middle of all that we do and we need to keep Him there because it is us, as His children, not our companies or their economic successes, that matter to Him.

Reference: Mark 5:13 (New Living Translation)