David and Jason Benham are twin brothers, entrepreneurs, former pro baseball players and controversial. “Controversial” because their obedience to Christ has not been without uproar. Sometime ago they lost a show on HGTV because of their stance on homosexuality, abortion, and the distortion of culture at large.
Which is pretty admirable!
What’s even more admirable is the business empire they’ve built over the last decade or so. From real estate to financial services to information technology their influence is expanding.
If you’re new here, what we do over here is study the lives of Christian millionaires and billionaires. We glean their “secrets” and share them with other Christian Entrepreneurs.
The word “entrepreneur” is from the Old French word “entreprendre,” which means “undertake.” So one definition of an entrepreneur is “one who undertakes or manages.”
“Entrepreneur” is also derived from two Latin words:
“Entre”=========> “Swim out.”
“Prendes”=======> “Grasp or grab hold of.”
So the term basically means, one who “swims out” to the unknown to “grab hold of” unseen opportunities.
A Christian Entrepreneur is one who does this to the glory of God!
A Christian Entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily have to be a business owner. It is someone who simply:
It is someone who is PRODUCTIVE.
So what can Christian Entrepreneurs learn from these two. I’m glad you asked:
When they were younger their Dad took them to a Denny’s. They weren’t there to eat but to watch.
Then it happened.
A busboy in his fifties came to a dirty vacant table. He slowed down, looked at the table, looked at his watch, and then showed the two young boys WHY they were there. For the next couple of seconds it was a whirlwind:
When he was finished he looked at his watch with a smile and strolled away. According to them:
Since that time they have used the extra mile principle in everything they do:
The principle of going the extra mile really helped them as they were getting their real estate business off the ground:
When speaking about going the extra mile Jesus said,
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:41 NKJV)
He related it’s significance to an oppressive practice in His day. The practice originated with the Persian government under the rule of King Cyrus.
Under this custom the king’s messenger had power to take horses, camels, and men into service against their will. In fact, couriers or messengers were staged in specific locations by the king; if a man were to pass this post an official could rush out and “compel” him into service.
This custom was then adopted by the Roman goverment. Simone of Cyrene was “compelled” into helping Jesus with His cross, when the weight became too heavy.
Rather than quarrel and complain about this oppressive treamtment, Jesus advised us to do otherwise. He not only advised us to comply but to exceed expectations in a spirit of love and service.
But beyond Christian duty the principle of going the extra mile is a POWERFUL promotional tool. The spotlight of comparison always shines favorably on the person using this principle. They become indispensable.
Because in contrast, others don’t even go the first mile; and if they go, they do it with such a bad attitude it were better they’d not gone at all!
So let me ask you this:
Learn to go the extra mile.
It seems to be a reoccuring theme: Christian millionaires (and billionaires) are people of prayer. Rather than just rely on strategy, money, or innate intelligence they rely in and on God for direction. The examples are numerous:
Looking at the lives of the Benham brothers you see a heavy emphasis on prayer: from college, to professional baseball, to life after professional baseball, and so on. But there are sooooo many specific instances from their life that the Christian entrepreneur can glean from.
When they first began in real estate they would get to the office early to pray. According to them,
Over the next few months nothing happened.
Many times they wanted to quit. At the sales meetings the agents would brag about their sales while according to them “we sat there like fish out of water.” What made it even worse: they weren’t salesmen and never intended to be.
Rather than quit, they decided to double down. They needed a niche and they need God to provide open the door. According to them:
That began their niche in foreclosed properties.
Over time their names rose to top of those same leaderboards.
We said before that the twins did odd jobs while getting their business off the ground. They had to simultaneously feed their family and build the business…it was never one or the other.
They huddled together and realized each family needed $1500 to survive.
By a miracle they found a $210,000 home being sold for $150,000 and they moved both families in: four adults and three kids under the age of five.
After 10 months they made more than the $3000, tithed, and put the surplus in a business account. They lived like that for two years.
According to them:
“Even as our business grew stronger and stronger, we still lived as small as possible as a matter of delayed gratification. We had a growing business that needed the capital…The principle of delayed gratification means you’re willing to forgo the temporary enjoyment of something today for the permanent enjoyment of something tomorrow. The money earned in the early years of a business is “seed” money, which should always go back into the ground. Too often business owners see their initial earnings as ‘harvest’—and they reap it prematurely. This is why so many businesses fail in the first five years.” (5)
After they saved $30,000 they hired their first employee.
After some time they replenished the account and hired their second.
The rest is history.
The Bible says,
“Develop your business first before building your house.” (Proverbs 24:27 The Living Bible)
In other words, establish the source(s) of income before you establish the COMFORTS of income. Most people have this backward: they build their house before they build their business.
The Benham brothers were diligent to build their business God’s way and as result saw God’s Hand.
Why don’t you do the same?
What lesson can you use from the Benham Brothers?
What other can you apply to your entrepreneurial life?
Let’s hear what YOU’RE gonna do?