Over one weekend in March, Fantastic Aussie Tours Charter lost 96 per cent of its business. Owner Jason Cronshaw was terrified, not just for the business itself, but for all the employees he knew he’d have to lay off as international travel, then domestic, ground to a halt.
His business had already been suffering, following the bushfire season, which had forced their Blue Mountains Explorer bus fleet to stop running for the first time in 30 years. But though that coincided with the busy Christmas period, they took comfort in knowing their other work, including Christian Fellowship Tours, could continue, unaware that that too would soon be ended for the foreseeable future.
Six months later, the business is exploring innovative new ways to restart their operations. But Cronshaw told 20Twenty’s Neil Johnson that the time he’s had to reflect has taught him a lot about what’s really important.
“We were running a reasonable sized business,” he said. “I was flying around all the time, travelling a lot, enjoying life. But then I was chasing things that really weren’t as important to me personally, and then also that was taking me away from my family, taking me away from Church more often.”
Jason admitted catching flights could become habitual, even kind of addictive. In a conversation with another businessperson recently, they both admitted they’d flown purely to retain their Platinum flight status.
But as he realised everything he’d worked for was disappearing, Cronshaw prayed for wisdom, asking God what to do next. God answered that he also needed to think about what not to do. And with time to reflect, he saw that though God had always been in his mind, He hadn’t always been at the centre of his decisions.