Friday, February 19, 2016

Biashara coach: Paul’s 15 healthy lifestyle design virtues

By Virginia Mburu

Mwakazi the Passionate Entrepreneur and owner of Makao Interiors Ltd is intent on enjoying every second the New Year affords him.  He happens to be an ardent seeker and in one of the readings, he happened to come across some lessons in 1 Thessalonians 5:11-22.

He realized that he was already applying some, others he could easily apply while others called for serious determination and commitment. Possibly, he may need your encouragement and wise counsel on some areas. The lessons are as under;

1.Be the encourager
Verse 11...Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Let us be  part of  great support system... a network of encouragers that builds  a person, be it intellectually, emotionally, physiologically, spiritually, socially, careers, business etc.

2.Hard  work is to be respected
Verse 12 and 13.... Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.
Wow...  Do I get it that working hard, leading and respect are birds of the same feather?

3.Live in Harmony
Verse 13 continues.... Live in peace with each other.
Peace... that is what the human race is forever seeking. Paul says.... just live it, practice it.....daily. And St. Francis of Asisi prays- “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

4.Be the light-house - warn the idle
Verse 14...And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,
We surely cannot warn the idle when we are their compatriots in crime! You certainly will have to be amongst the lot practicing virtue 2- the hard workers who are respected!

5.The  timid look up to you
Verse 14 continues....encourage the timid,
Think of any behavior that is opposite of bold—nervous, shy, fearful, faint-hearted, cowardly, apprehensive, hesitant, etc. Anyone who exhibits such behavior does not call for bashing. It is a cry for help!

6.The weak need your help
Verse 14 continues... help the weak,
Sometimes we see them as feeble, delicate, vulnerable, exposed, fragile, frail, faint, tired, drained, shaky etc. They could be weak courtesy of their genes, or as a result of the experiences they have waded through resulting in a dis-empowering belief system. The weakness could be intellectual, emotional, physiological, spiritual, social, work, business etc. What are you doing about it? Can you hold their hand?

7.Endure discomfort without getting upset.....Be Patient
Verse 14 patient with everyone.
While holding that hand, pray for the patience to be patient. This includes being patient with your own self as you metamorphose.... You need it! Mark this advice by Arnold  Glasow- “The  key to everything is patience. You get a chicken  by  hatching the  egg, not  by smashing it

8.Tit for Tat is not a  fair game, kindness is
Verse 15...Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
You do not repay evil with evil nor do you watch as someone else does it, full stop!

9.Don’t Worry, Be Happy Always!  
Verse 16 ......Be joyful always;
Can you imagine that the person who was writing this was a former bigwig now happily in prison? Where are you now that you are downcast?

10.Follow the doctor’s orders---Take  your prayer dose- without fail
Verse 17.....Pray continually;
When life happens-be it  positive or negative, make prayer the first item on the set of actions to take. When we sincerely pray, we do get connected to almighty powers that enable us to make the right decisions leading to a divinely suitable solution.

11.Have  a Grateful Attitude (gratitude) no matter the circumstance
Verse 18.... Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Easier said than done- don’t you think? But then again, are the results of the other option preferable?

12.Keep the fire burning
Verse 19.... Do not put out the Spirit's fire;
There is already a spirit’s fire (passion) burning inside us. And each one of us has the responsibility of feeding it with the right nutrients and fanning it to keep it alive. Will you?

13.Take  wise counsel
Verse not treat prophecies with contempt.
An African proverb comes to mind which when directly translated goes like “No one repents when going as when coming back”. Take note of the wise counsel whether it be divine or acquired from various life experiences.

14.ABT (Always Be Testing)
Verse 21....Test everything. Hold on to the good.
Test people before trusting them with your life, your loved ones or possessions, test ideas,  test products, test services, test words, test theories, test philosophies, test behaviours, test beliefs.....basically everything and then hold on to the good whilst tossing out what is not beneficial......

15.Remember the TO DO’s and NOT TO DO’s
Verse 22.... Avoid every kind of evil.
Whether we like it or not, at times evil will come knocking on our doors- be still and send virtues 1 to 14 to answer that door.
Over to you Passionate Entrepreneur

  • Which is the easiest to apply?
  • Which one is the hardest to apply?
Share your experiences, suggestions or questions in the comments section below. Who knows- You will be the one benefiting from the many encouragements shared herein!
Whatever you do, make sure it results in less work, more money and positive impact.


 Virginia Mburu

Passionate Entrepreneurs Coach

Virginia empowers and motivates Passionate Entrepreneurs to realize their purpose and pursue it. She then assists the entrepreneurs to clarify, prioritise and focus on management and marketing strategies and action plans that will get them to work less, make more money and positively impact within one year.  Access some of her gifts- absolutely free lessons on

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