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Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”
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4 Career Lessons If You Hate Your Job

Unfortunately, most people don’t love their jobs. We tend to live for the weekends and just try to get by Monday - Friday. It makes me so sad to know that most of our country dreads getting out of bed Monday mornings because God gave us work as a blessing.

The biggest career lesson I could offer anyone seeking job satisfaction is to seek God first. As Proverbs tells us, “Trust in Him with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” With Christ as your guide, you can avoid dead-end jobs, wasted time, and stressful work environments. Thank Him for the talents and abilities He has given you and magnify Him through your work.

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Writing a Great Resume

Do you dread writing or updating your resume?

Most professional positions require applicants to submit a resume along with a cover letter. It must clearly communicate the value you offer a future employer and in a competitive market, and it must stand out from others.  

But be careful to not turn it into a historical document of your life.

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5 Steps to Stop Losing Sleep Over Money

Originally posted on the Christian Post on May 19

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The Importance of Internships

One of the best ways for students to gain skills, experience, and a network of professionals is to take on an internship. Now, not all of these are paid, but even if there is not compensation, the experience and connections could be well worth it. It may be the only time working for free is a good idea! 

They vary widely and college credit can sometimes be earned.

For students struggling to identify their calling, an internship can be instrumental in directing them toward their career. Most universities post positions within departments. Encourage your child to research opportunities on their own as well and even approaching a desired business and asking them if they would be willing to take on an intern.

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How Important Is Your College Degree?

A degree is simply the springboard of steps toward a career that ultimately glorifies God.

Settling into a career  is often a journey, not the direct result of a particular major. One job leads to another and God opens doors.

Bob Dickie, Crown’s President and author of Love Your Work, explains that, “We don’t have time to waste wandering down endless paths in search of our calling, passion, and purpose in life.”

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Avoiding Student Debt

I have four sons who have all attended, or are attending, college. Higher education is expensive!!

College may not be for everyone. But unfortunately, most Americans have taken on debt to pay for school and you may be one of those with outstanding loans. In 2016, the average student graduated owing more than $37,000. This kind of burden is not the way you want to start your career or next chapter in life!

There are many options to get a college degree now with online courses, community college, and scholarship programs. But do you want to know the best way to save money in college? Understanding God’s unique design for you. Getting good grades could save you thousands, but knowing and embracing the purpose God has for your life is invaluable.

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Learning From Failure

Have you ever failed? I mean, really failed?

You know, that sickening feeling when you realize you’ve missed the mark, made a huge mistake, or gone just a little too far? No wonder it’s one of our greatest fears.

I've certainly failed. My biggest financial failure was becomming successful in the eyes of the world and a failure as a steward of what God had given me. I got so distracted by my own goals and achievements that I sought after the wrong things - I accumulated worldly wealth instead of true Kingdom riches.

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9 Things You Shouldn't Say at Work

Originally posted on the Christian Post on May 12

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’m new to my job and learning to navigate the office politics. I get that you can’t talk to a boss disrespectfully, but I can see that there is a lot more to getting along at work than just agreeing with my supervisor or not talking about him behind his back. Do you have some advice on what to say or not say at work?

Wondering about the Words

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Working With Your Spouse

The late Larry Burkett, Crown’s founder, believed that an excellent wife, as described in Proverbs 31, should be her husband’s primary earthly counselor. The same is true for a husband - as the spiritual leader, he should be the first to advise his wife. Spouses should be primary earthly counselors for one another.

Larry observed that in a family business, the one spouse can be either immersed in the day-to-day operation or totally isolated fromany vital input. It can be difficult to find a healthy balance, especially if one spouse stays at home or is employed elsewhere.

If you are the less-involved spouse, be careful to not become ignorant of your spouse’s business. You are no longer two – you are one and must learn to function as a team. Learn how to communicate about the business and the expectations of involvement from one another. Also be careful to not become demanding - respectfully ask about and listen to the problems, success, excitements, and disappointments that are bound to happen.

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Do You Like Your Job?

The ancient philosopher Aristotle said “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

When we enjoy our work we tend do it better than the one who does not. Great satisfaction is found when our gifts and talents are put into action.

If our purpose on earth is to serve God by glorifying Him in all that we do, then our vocation is a platform for that purpose.

In fact, we have the awesome privilege and responsibility of orienting our lives accordingly. Only by putting those gifts and talents into practice can we truly experience deep joy in what we do.

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