How Important is Trust? – Very

“How important is trust in establishing long-term business relationship?” – Dr. North

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2

Trust is important in any relationship in life. Establishing trustworthiness and honesty is honoring God. Certainly, in the business world to be successful clients/customers rely on your honesty with them in a relationship. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Integrity is essential to building a strong foundation and reputation. This means you will have an abundance of reoccurring loyal customers. It is known that word of mouth is the best kind of advertising. You know who you would want to do business with, so be that person.

Building trust begins simply with the way you greet the customer. Energetic positive vibes will create the stepping stone needed to begin that long term relationship. After that, continuing to establish yourself as trustworthy requires many other things. Punctuality can prove to a customer their importance to you. Sincerity will also be key in letting your customer know you truly care. Be sure to nurture the relationship by staying in touch with your customer. Always take responsibility when something goes wrong. Apologize and assure your customer you will do whatever is necessary to correct the error. These are just a few things to help a customer to feel like they can trust you.

Trust is synonymous with your reputation and it begins with the very first customer. Maintaining a certain product or service will reassure them that they know what they are getting every time. This gives them confidence in you.

Again, I can not stress enough the importance of knowing your expectations as a customer because this will translate when you are on the opposite side providing the service. I have written my paper as the provider of the service but these are also the qualities I would need to see if I were the customer paying for a service/product.

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In the words of Bob Marley integrity builds the greatness of who we are in all aspects of our lives. The fact that this will make us successful in business is a nice reward.

Sermons – Am I the Target?

 

jonathan_edwards1339431523194 Jonathan Edwards was a preacher born in East Windsor, Connecticut. He gave his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” on July 8th 1741. It is an appeal to sinners to recognize that they will be judged. Edwards believed the judgement of God awaiting unrepentant sinners will be terrifying. I think Edwards (like many in that era) has an extremely harsh point of view. His overpowering descriptions of Gods wrath was very strong. His way was to scare people into converting. I do not like that he would make things up in order make his point. I do repent when I feel I may have done something wrong, so to that end I would not assume that I was a target of his sermon.

George Whitefield was also a preacher. He was born in Gloucester, England. His sermon was called, “Marks of a True Conversion“. georgewhitefield Whitefield spoke of being converted. Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” He says to be converted “there must be some great, some notable, and amazing change passed upon our souls.” He makes the comparison that little children are “ignorant creatures” and those who are converted are the same. Whitefield also spoke of our sins and the importance of confessing them. “If ye confess your sins, and leave them, and lay hold on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God shall be given you; if you will go and say, turn me, O my God!” Do I think I could be the target of this sermon? I think yes. I believe we are all sinners and should ask God for forgiveness.


Wilderness: Point of View

I think John Cotton and John Winthrop’s views are somewhat aligned in that they both believed in religious freedom. Cotton told the people they should try to convert the Native Americans in North America to Christianity. He said “Feed them with your spirituals…make them partakers of your precious faith.

Winthrop was elected governor of the New Colony of Massachusetts Bay. Winthrop knew there would be struggles and he encouraged Puritans to stay strong in their faith. He encouraged people in taking care of one another. Winthrop believed in working side by side with servants because he wanted everyone to work and help out.

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The Massachusetts Bay Colony was attacked in the late 1600’s by Native Americans. They killed and wounded the settlers when they burned down their houses. They took many people captive including Mary Rowlandson and her three children. They separated Mary from her two oldest children, Joseph and Mary. They allowed her to keep her youngest daughter Sarah. The journey the Native Americans took Mary on was difficult due to injuries sustained in the attack. Shortly after reaching the Indian settlement Mary’s daughter Sarah died. Rowlandson is eventually sold to another Indian who is related to King Philip. They allowed her to bury her daughter and visit her two oldest children. Mary found much hope in the Bible which was given to her by one of the Indian women. Mary found herself once again being separated from her children when the Native Americans decided to move North. Eventually, Mary meets King Philip and it is at this new settlement where Mary begins to sew in return for food. After continuing to move place to place she meets a man named Thomas Read who tells her that her husband is alive. This news gives Mary comfort. The journey continues with the Indians moving her around. Finally, after speaking to King Philip he decided to offer her freedom if her husband will pay ransom. After eleven long weeks Mary was reunited with her husband and then subsequently with her children.

I detailed Mary’s story a bit more here because it was quite different than that of Cotton’s or Winthrop’s. Mary’s was one of captivity while theirs was one of freedom. Mary’s strong faith kept her hopeful and she felt that God was with her through her entire ordeal. God did eventually see Mary to freedom and reunite her with her family.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Old Testament: Cotton & Winthrop’s View

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John Cotton’s God’s Promise to His Plantation, in 1630, was a sermon to justify why the Puritans should emigrate to the New World. He preached to them verses from the Old Testament on how he believed they applied to him and the rest of the Puritans before they left for the New World. He wanted them to find a place much like God wanted a place for the people of Israel to call their own.Samuel 7:10 “Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more.” Although John Cotton wanted the Puritans to leave the battles of England behind, he did not leave with them until three years later. In 1646 Cotton preached about catechism which is a family ritual created for children called, Milk for Babes. This is a summary of principles in the form of questions and answers. Psalm 22:27,30,31 “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the Nations shall worship before thee. A seed shall serve him, it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be borne, that he hath done this.”The Model of Christian Charity was a sermon delivered by John Winthrop in 1630. His approach was more on helping and taking care of one another. He believes that God created people differently from one another, thereby creating a need for each other. He believes that God will take care of those who will help others. The rich should help the poor and the poor should show thanks. He really believed this way of charity would bring people closer together. John Winthrop ended his sermon with a warning to not stray from their faith. 1 Corinthians 13 (full chapter) “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. …” Cotton and Winthrop had different ideas, both however, based on the Old Testament.