Leaning on my own understanding gave me outward success, but inward emptiness. Do you find yourself leaning most on your own understanding?
In a world where we’re encouraged to do things our way, trust our own wisdom, and to “go make things happen,” it’s easy to believe that only we know what’s best for ourselves. It’s easy to lean on our own understanding and be self-reliant because, let’s face it, if you want something done right, do it yourself.
Especially when our business results show us that our hard work, our tenacity, and our strength paid off in big ways. Because clearly our success is directly tied to what we do, and if it is to be, it’s up to me.
I don’t know about you, but following my own understanding was/is exhausting. Yes, I had mountain top, stage-worthy moments throughout my career, with plenty of pats on the back for my drive, focus and persistence. But 30 years of that mode of operation took its toll, and I didn’t know how much until I was face down on the floor crying out for a savior when the accolades, income, client roster and “success” didn’t fulfill me (read: save me) like I thought it would.
Jesus met me on the floor that day and said, “You weren’t made to do business as usual.”
And the same applies to you.
Recently I’ve been struggling with this leaning habit and found myself in a pretty dark place. Stuck between what I think I know about putting my God-given ambition to work, and the next level God has been showing me is just ahead. This dissonance has brought me face down before him because I’ve been afraid to keep walking on the path that he’s brightly lit for me.
What is this fear? I’ve been afraid of succumbing to the aggressive driving and striving tendencies of my past. Of falling back into old, well-worn paths of my achievement-chaser patterns.
The question I ask myself is, “Am I being fully obedient if I’m all-in for God’s leading, except if it involves showing up boldly as he’s directed me?” (hint: the answer is no.).
In this episode, we’re diving deep into Proverbs 3:5-6 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 to get clear on the instruction to trust in the Lord and not lean on our own understanding, the truth of what it means to be a new creation in Christ, and what that means for how we show up in business!
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