If you have babies or grandbabies, chances are you've thanked God for Nate Saint. You may not recognize his name, but you know the product he designed--the Pack-n-Play. Nate didn't grow up dreaming of designing children's products, but that's what God called him to do. And we are all thankful for the car seats, strollers, highchairs, and play yards that his company designs to keep our little ones safe and comfortable.
Nate grew up in a deeply religious family. His uncle and namesake was one of the missionary martyrs killed by the Auca Indians in South America with Jim Elliot in 1956. Needless to say, the idea of serving God as a missionary tugged at Nate's heart. But through the example of his father and R.G. LeTourneau, Nate came to realize that he could serve God in business. Watch this video interview and think about the questions below.
Questions to ponder and discuss
Nate says, "Christian ministry was highly revered in my family." How did God lead him to consider business as a calling?
Have you considered that God may have called you to your work? How would you know?
Nate says he sees success differently: "Personal success is not, did I climb the ladder, did I make more money. It has to do with my walk with Christ, and am I fulfilling his calling for me in my life."
Nate believes that creativity comes from God. What does this look like?
How do you see hard work and inspiration from God working together in designing products? In business in general?
Keeping a peaceful workplace filled with creative types is not the easiest environment to manage. Nate quotes James 3:17-18: "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." How does Nate contribute to a peaceful workplace for his employees?
What opportunities does Nate have to tell others about his faith? How does his leadership style contribute to these opportunities?
What part does prayer play in Nate's work? Why is it important? What part does prayer play in your work?
Nate says that if he invents something, his response is gratitude because it’s a gift God gave him. Is this true of your work and how you see success? What inspiration did you gain from Nate's example?