I recently got a copy of Giving it All Away...And Getting it All Back Again by Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green. I usually read with a pen in hand so I can underline and make notes in the margins. This book was such a good read! I was challenged to dream bigger, think bigger, pray bigger, and give bigger.
"Hobby Lobby takes half of total pretax earnings and plunges it directly into a portfolio of evangelical ministries," reports Forbes.
We've all heard stories of successful businesses having small beginnings, and I love love love those stories. Hobby Lobby opened its first 300-square-foot store in 1972. Today, they have 822 stores! (They just opened one in Uvalde, Texas!)
Green says in the book's prologue, "The funny thing about the questions of life is that the ones we ask at the end are the one we should begin with. It is tough to craft a meaningful life without considering our end: What do we hope for, what do we dream for, relative to our lives, our family, our children?"
Marcus and I are in the place right now, with a small home office, but also considering the idea of what it would look like to grow. While we have enjoyed meeting new people and clients at local coffee shops, restaurants, and even our home dining room table :) we believe we can better serve people with more square footage. Would you join us in praying for that?
Anyhow, back to the book!
Green shares how he grew up as a pastor's kid. His parents were often resourceful with very little, and very generous with what they had. (As a PK himself, Marcus can relate!) Green grew up, as many do, with the idea that those who were part of ministry roles like pastors and missionaries were "called," and not sure where he fit in.