Paul is a father, a husband and a Christian. Oh – and he also used to be the Managing Director of Barclays Bank and in his time there presided over a £3.6 billion increase in profits. Paul now owns two successful consultancy businesses and also acts as Financial Director for Exeter City Football Club.
In short, Paul is kind of a big deal in the finance sector.
As a man who was once in charge of annual turnovers of in excess of £6 billion, Paul’s endgame is remarkably unimpressive; no Ferrari, no holiday chateau in the Algarve, no ostentatious displays of personal wealth…Paul simply wants to rebuild a Christian centre on Dartmoor.
As successful businessman who does not separate his spiritual life from his work life, it was incredibly refreshing to see Paul’s faith in Jesus manifest itself in two distinct ways: viewing the workplace as a place to glorify God and recognising the importance of remembering “purpose beyond profit”. Paul spoke about so many things but these were the key points that stayed with me.
“Human be-ings, not human do-ings”
In his time at Barclay’s, Paul was instrumental in facilitating a corporate culture change in how the C-suite treated and valued others in the company. In traditional business settings, everything is focused on output and targets and people become nothing more than mere cogs in ‘the machine’. Paul articulated the importance of bringing humanity back into the workplace, of valuing people and making them feel worthwhile. Why? Because God loves them and has given our workmates, colleagues, bosses, co-workers etc. value and worth. It is up to us as Christians to affirm that (John 13:34)
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul” (Matt. 16:26)
The culture of targets is also hugely profit-driven but to what purpose? Many people find themselves working long hours and slaving away all for what? Most would say to leave a legacy or for the betterment of others in society. In and of themselves these are laudable ends, however what good is being remembered well by other people when you’re dead and gone? A life without purpose and meaning is an absurd one.
“What is the point of it all?”
The existential nihilist understands this tension well – I have no meaning, I have no purpose – and realises without an ultimate purpose “everything is meaningless”. We could do a Jean-Paul Sartre and try to create personal meaning through our day-to-day choices, but ultimately we are deceiving ourselves because it is all for nothing and we remain accidental products of a gloriously indifferent universe . From this viewpoint, we are participating in nothing more than a perverse, intricate self-deception if we pretend we are of any more worth than that tree or lamp. Accordingly, our actions are equally without worth. In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiates, the writer articulates this sentiment when he declares a life without God as ‘hebel’ (roughly meaning ‘dust’/’wind’/’vanity’/’nothing’). To those who have woken up to this – the situation can seem desperately hopeless.
“Store up your treasures in Heaven…” (Matt. 6:20)
Thankfully, we know Jesus who came that we may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). As Christians, we have an ultimate purpose that transcends the here and now – that of knowing and enjoying Christ for eternity. As such, all our actions are predicated upon this knowledge. Our commission as Christians is to go make God’s love a reality for those that don’t know Him and declare what he has done through Jesus Christ that makes him so worthy of living for. Therefore, when we work, we work for Christ, not for our own ends but for Him. Paul Morrish understands this and consequently does not live a life of earthly ambition but instead one motivated by love and the promise of something much better than the next Christmas bonus.
So…could a Christian win The Apprentice?
Who cares, I’ve already won Christ. Cashback.
For those who have made it this far my question is: WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR? WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN LIFE? Even if you don’t wish to comment publicly, have a cogitate and recalibrate your life accordingly!