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We don’t always have to make change happen, in our lives, in our careers, or in our businesses, we simply must allow it to happen and not resist it! We can’t allow our expectations, resistance, or fear of the outcome to influence our ability to change when necessary. Change is sometimes difficult to navigate, but we can take only one step at a time, as we transition into the unfamiliar. We cannot afford to stand still, while waiting to see what others may do before we take another step.
In Isaiah 41:10, the Lord says, Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
The Lord is constantly telling us how to build our lives, our careers and yes, our businesses and He’s given us a firm foundation. I heard the other day that we know what to do to be successful; whatever way we want to define it, but without wisdom we won’t apply what we hear from the Holy Spirit. The Lord will tell us how to build, but we must do the building.
Although we would rather not discuss this reality, failure is an acceptable part of success and without it we will not get out of the starting gate. Many times, failure is also inevitable, however, we must know how to manage what we cannot avoid. The fear of failure will make you want to bury our gift and pretend that we must not have truly heard God calling. But we must understand that the Lord has us in a security net that allows you to fail safely*.
So, let’s face change head on! There will never be the perfect time to take the next step, if we don’t sow, we will not reap.
“Farmers who wait for perfect weather [will] never plant [and] If they watch every cloud, they [will] never harvest.Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT
Above all, we must realize that we have God’s Favor, even when faced with adversity, ask Joseph. Remember the pit, the prison, and the palace. Dr. Dharius Daniels defines God’s Favor as undeserved, unexplainable, irrational, preferential treatment. His Favor puts you in the right place at the right time, but we must remain humble. God must be able to trust us with what He has given us. Our gifts will get us the palace, just like Joseph, but our heart will get us our purpose. We can’t forget what the Lord has given us and why He’s given it to us!
As the Apostle Paul said, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back”. Philippians 3:12-14 MSG
*Taken from “Facing your Giants in Business” by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB))