I was in a hotel in Bangkok recently and there was a huge Toyota staff conference meeting going on there. There were talks and what seemed like team building sessions. From the outside, I heard people shouting: Toyota! Toyota! Toyota! It was with such passion that might put a lot of churches to shame!
I then came across the “5 Main Principles Of Toyota” introduced by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, son of a carpenter.
1. Always be faithful to your duties, thereby contributing to the Company and to the overall good.
2. Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times.
3. Always be practical and avoid frivolousness.
4. Always strive to build a homelike atmosphere at work that is warm and friendly.
5. Always have respect for God and remember to be grateful at all times.
Wow, I love especially the last one. Even though he was probably not a Christian, this man had some revelation. He practically summed up how we should live our lives as Christians and how to be productive for God. We should hear out a man who built an empire and have such a lasting legacy. This is like him preaching a 5 point sermon on serving.
Apply these 5 principles to your serving in church and experience the change in productivity. We as Christians should rise up above the world’s benchmark in productivity and efficiency for the gospel to go out to the world!
*5 Main Principles of Toyoda: http://www.toyota-global.com/company/toyota_traditions/philosophy/jan_feb_2006.html