wednesday, september 3, 2014
So here I am, technically Day 2 of my new job as an entrepreneur, but I am not counting yesterday. I spent the first day of my work week cleaning my house. I don’t know about you, but if my house is a mess, I can’t focus on anything else. Now that everything is in order, I can get down to business. So here we go, Day 1.
Since I’ve made the decision to leave my successful, well-paying job in the marketing research industry and strike it out on my own, many people have been asking questions like, “What are you going to do?”
I love this question. It makes me chuckle, because my initial answer is, “I don’t exactly know.”
Now, I have some general ideas as to what I will be doing: more writing, speaking, and photography, but honestly, I just know that God is asking me to follow Him. He asked me to take a leap of faith and trust that while I may not have all of the details worked out in my mind, He has everything under control. Sounds crazy, feels crazy, and it’s definitely outside of my comfort zone. I am a planner. I like to be organized, hence, the need for a clean house. What I’m finding is that God likes to put us in situations where we feel a little out of our element. He likes to stretch us and force us to grow to trust Him. So it doesn’t surprise me a bit that God would keep me in the dark to some degree. I really feel like God was asking me to take the biggest step of faith possible. For me, that looked like leaving my job before having a concrete plan set in place. And you know what? I can honestly say it feels refreshing. Sure, it is nerve wracking not knowing exactly how I will provide for my family, but there is something incredibly freeing about just following God and trusting that He knows the way and has a plan for me.
One of the other questions I have heard many times since making this big decision is, “Why?”
“Why are you leaving your job? Why are you deciding to set off on your own without a real plan?”
I have an answer to these questions. It’s very simple. “Because God said so.”
Now, this may sound crazy, but you might as well get used to it. I think I will have a lot of crazy things to share on this journey. The truth is God speaks to me. Yes, you read that right. God speaks to me.
Now, sadly, God doesn’t speak to me in the loud, thunderous voice that I assume Moses and Abraham heard back in the OT, but he does speak to me. I guess it’s a little more like the still, small voice that beckoned Elijah. It’s hard to explain, but His voice is distinctive and unmistakable once you come to recognize it. And once you hear the voice of God, you have a choice: obey or ignore.
A friend recently said something to me that has stuck in my mind like a catchy, pop tune; “We are all forming a habit, either to continually obey God or to continually ignore God.”
God is always speaking to each and every one of us, but we are not always listening. Whether we like it or not, we are forming a habit, and it’s easier to take the time to form good habits than it is to break bad ones. Forming a good habit with God requires one simple action. All we need to do is say, “Yes.”
As I embark on this new journey, I am committing to forming good habits. I hope you will too.
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