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February 7th, 2012

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? Luke 12:56

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? The Disney film The Three Little Pigs, in which the plucky heroes held their own against the wicked wolf, was released in 1933. In the same year in the US the Great Depression had the country in its grip. Editorial cartoons showed bankers jumping out of windows rather than face the questionable economic future. Queues of people looking for work stretched along the roads in some cities. The short film was extremely successful because it somehow tapped into the national mood. Americans, like the pigs, hoped that they were able to overcome adversity through hard work, invention and practicality.

A US study, from the Kauffman Foundation, found that more than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America’s fastest-growing companies. The report also suggests a broader economic trend, with job creation from startup companies proving to be less volatile and sensitive to downturns when compared to the overall economy. Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, commented “History has demonstrated this time and again: new firms create new jobs and fuel our economy. Policies that support entrepreneurship support recovery.”

I hope our government in the UK knows that! We need more entrepreneurs to get us out of the spot we’re in.

Jesus talks about recognising the times that we’re in. If we do that, we might recognise a business opportunity! And if unemployment is one of the biggest problems our country faces then maybe we can help to do something about that. All of which is good news!

Is God calling you to start a business? If you’re not sure, why don’t you ask him. There’s no need to be afraid!

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