The unemployment numbers for the previous month are issued the First Friday of each month. This month we are told unemployment has fallen to 9.0%. It’s amazing to me that it’s even maintained a number greater than 9 for as long as it has. We have also been told that 36,000 people found employment for the entire month of January. That sure is good news for the 36K people; even if the experts were hoping for something north of 140,000. This First Friday tradition has been going on a long time but it is in these past few years (and every tough economic time before that) I suppose people have been paying more close attention to it.
At Utley Brothers we also have a First Friday tradition…appropriately named “First Friday” it is our company devotional. It isn’t high church with formal liturgy or anything. It is an informal time to share what God has done in the past, maybe what God is doing now and to pray. I don’t know if I would call Utley Brothers a christian company or if I would call Utley Brothers a company owned by christians. Either way, we recognize there is someone bigger than us and our mission as a company and we invite our team members to join us in remembering that fact every First Friday. Sometimes it seems as individuals and as companies, we plow forward accomplishing what we think we need to accomplish (and that is good to a degree) but never stop for a moment to even breath; I’m thankful at least once a month, every First Friday, we do.