Our founder, R.G. LeTourneau, knew hard times. He lived through the San Francisco earthquake, two world wars and the Great Depression. He knew business success and bankruptcy.
His life's example provides a lot of "best practices" that we can glean for our own lives today, such as how he dealt with unfair situations with integrity and how those situations opened doors for ingenuity.
He looked at failure as opportunity in work clothes, and always turned his disappointments into ways to grow both spiritually and professionally.
He didn't let people tell him that something couldn't be done since it hadn't yet been done, but instead he worked to design new solutions to problems, such as new equipment that no one had ever seen before.
And as a man many called "God's businessman," he pioneered the idea that your mission field can be wherever you are, making him one of the pioneers of faith and work integration.
My guest editorial titled "Good Thoughts for Hard Times from R.G. LeTourneau" appears this week in the Christian Post. You can read it in its entirety here.
We should take courage and recognize that difficult times like the economy we are currently living in can give us exceptional opportunity for ingenuity, just like our founder did in his day.