Family vs. Corporation

Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadBack in 2005, the CEO of a very large conglomerate, was indicted for stealing tens of millions of dollars from that corporation. At the time, I took special interest in the case because I had personally invested in that corporation. I had invested because it was a solid growing corporation which showed promise of significant future growth. It was reasonable to expect that over time, I would reap a return on my investment. Unfortunately, the CEO had other ideas. He took my investment along with those of countless others and misused our money in order to provide a lavish lifestyle for himself and his family. He spent millions of dollars on parties, trips, and real estate. He misused our investments to buy gold faucets worth tens of thousands of dollars and shower curtains that cost more than most of us make in a month. The end result of all of this, was that the conglomerate was seriously damaged and said CEO was sentenced to 8-25 years in prison.
What’s ironic is, that at the time, the CEO claimed that he did nothing illegal and that he had every right to use his company’s resources in any way he chose. Legally he may have been correct, but morally he had raped the corporation at the shareholders expense. He had abused the trust of all the investors as well as the employees. Ultimately the court system found him guilty and he spent more than 6 years behind bars.
An analogy can be drawn between the family and a corporation. Like a corporation, the family is designed by God, to work together in order to meet the needs of all its members while providing a return on God’s investment. The family may further be likened to a corporation in that the family has a CEO, who is the father, and a board of directors which consists of the father, mother and God (the chief investor), working in concert. The children may be likened to employees. In this model, all the members of the family work together for their mutual benefit as well as the continued growth and moral success of the family. In this way, the investor, God, is pleased with His investment.

 
But sometimes, with little regard for other family members or The Investor, one or more members will misuse the family’s resources for their own personal benefit. When moral failure of this sort occurs, serious damage is sure to happen to the family and someone may even find themselves in a prison, with or without bars.

 
If you are on the board of directors of your family, then let me ask you a serious question. Are you working for the mutual well-being of your family and that of the Investor? Or, like the CEO of that conglomerate, are you misusing your family’s resources to satisfy your own selfish desires? Understand that God is not mocked, what you sow is what you will reap. It’s not too late to change.

 
I did not immediately sell my stock in the aforementioned conglomerate. There was something in that corporation that held the promise of a bright future. Likewise, God sees something in every family that holds the promise of a bright future. What God sees, is the potential of what each family can be, when He is invited to be at its center. God has a personal interest in your family. He will continue to invest in it and uphold it, if you will be diligent, to look out for His investment.

 
You think about that…
God Bless you and See you on the road.
Bob Anton, Christian Motorcyclists Association
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Bob Anton at 631-897-8122 or baftmny@aol.com

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