Dr. Michael Layne
Greensburg Daily News
I recently met a business owner on a trip to Nashville, Indiana. Cindy owns a neat business that deals in rubber stamps and craft paper goods for the card-making enthusiast.
When you walk into her small shop, it's easy to see there are more rubber stamps in this place than one would imagine Ñ rubber stamps with various designs and sizes. Donna, my wife, discovered this place last year, so we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather this past Sunday afternoon and take a drive.
We were not disappointed! Donna found what she wanted, and I met a wonderful couple who started this rubber stamp business on a literal shoestring. Cindy does the rubber stamps business and Wayne is a stained-glass artisan.
I asked Cindy how she got started in this business, which is in its seventh year. She told me she'd listened to the advice of a couple of retired business people, one of which had been a banker. They told her she needed at least $50,000 to get started.
Cindy told them she wouldn't borrow any amount of money, but would start the business with what she had available. WOW! That's a huge faith statement, right? That's ÒpossibilityÓ thinking!
She furnished the small store with items she found at Goodwill or other sales. The large table where people sit for classes came out of her home. With about $600 spent on furnishings and then some more money for any items she could afford to stock the shelves, she was in business. Seven years later, this vivacious blonde lady's tenacity is paying off. She and her husband are purchasing the building, and their faith continues to grow.
I really needed to hear her story, as Donna and I are in the process of re-opening our Coffee and Tea store here in Greensburg. Some of you may remember when we were on the South side of the square? Well, we will now be on the North side. We've found that it takes faith and tenacity to do anything in this life, and reopening our store is just one of those faith-building times.
If there is vision, there is life! If you've set a goal, are you continuing to reach for it, even through the tough times? We have a choice to make in this life about how we live it. We either believe in the possibilities, or we don't. We either think positive, or we think negative. The sure way to get your thinking straightened out is not through mind over matter, but through trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
When we look at the cross of Calvary, however, we see that the negative of death, in Christ's case, became a positive. For those of us who often will do the sign of the cross when we pray, it's a positive. Take a look at it sometime.
Many think that making the sign of the cross is a Catholic thing. The reality is: It was started by the earliest Christians as they stood in the arenas of death facing Gladiators and vicious lions. The Christians would boldly make the sign of the cross as they stared at the Emperor. Yes, in the face of negativity they found the positive.
In your struggles, search for the positives. In searching for the positives, you'll most certainly find Jesus Christ, who's ever present to help and will assist you in fulfilling your dreams, whether it's a business, a ministry, or any other desire you may have that will lead to the common good for you, your family, and your community.
Always remember what the scripture says: ÒWith God ALL things are possible.Ó I keep that passage in my mind every day, even as we prepare to open a Coffee and Tea Store in downtown Greensburg. If you believe, you will achieve!
Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and a free lance writer. He may be reached at 812-662-5154 or at www.faithandcourage.net