I was in business for myself for about 16 years. No employees. I was a business consultant. Strategy, process improvement, reorganization and just plain old business problem solving were my core services. I absolutely loved working with my clients.
You have probably seen the cartoon with the guy in a suit holding a sign that says, “Will consult for food!” That image was not funny to me. Fortunately my practice never got to that point. However, there were many times when I would be in my office thinking, “Is this really about what God wants me to do, or is this just about what I want to do?” Sometimes I wondered if I was putting my family and our future in jeopardy as I worked my network and waited for potential clients to respond.
I would describe those times as “Walking the Fence”. I imagined myself on top of the cedar fence in my backyard walking on the 3 ½ inch wide top board. On one side of the fence was “Faith”. On the other side was “Irresponsibility”. Many times I questioned which one was driving me. It always felt like a balancing act, and I constantly prayed for God to keep me from falling on the “Irresponsibility” side of the fence.
If you are in business for yourself, I bet you have felt the same way. Making decisions that you know may have lasting impacts on you and your family. Not sure whether you are being faithful or irresponsible. I have always said that nothing has the ability to promote dependence on God and maturity in a Christian man like being self employed.
Is that you? Then I recommend a regular dose of my “Two-by-Four Prayer”: “God, if I am being irresponsible here, you may have to hit me with a two-by-four for me to get it because I think I am following your lead in this and want to be faithful to your direction for me.” Then patiently listen - and be prepared to take the blow if it comes!
Coach Clay Dewees
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