Often when I am on the road I like to listen to something more beneficial than music, especially pop music. Usually I listen to different preachers, occasionally I listen to podcasts on leadership and business. When I hear a sermon, I am often able to relate it to my business, and to success in any business, really.
A few days ago was listening to a preacher I had never heard of before named Jack Graham (not an endorsement, I only heard part of one sermon!). He was discussing getting into the game.
He said that every sports team manager would love to have a player that played perfectly all the time, who never made a mistake, and always scored points at every attempt. He said that the trouble is “We can’t get the guy in the stands to drop is hot dog and get in the game!”
He made several worthy points that I intend to remember as I build my business. The comfort of the sidelines (or worse my couch) where many stay and often negate the efforts of those in the midst of the action. It takes courage to get into the game. Prayer is vital to the believer in the game.
The sidelines (or couch) are a comfortable, fun, and safe place to be! I mean players are injured all the time, but no worries if you aren’t playing, right?! The sidelines don’t require you to work up a sweat, to work hard, to train. You just show up and watch. Oh, and critique. “How could he miss that” and other such phrases are easy to throw around when you aren’t actually playing. This is a great place to stay if comfort is your top priority.
Chances are though that you want more. To be honest, God made you for more.
Following the will of God and running your own business are scary endeavours! What will my friends and family think? How will I survive? Will I have to sacrifice time with loved ones? Sleep? Will I really make money? The uncertainty of it all will drive many right back to the sidelines. We want a guarantee, we want to see the end.
It take courage to get in on the action, to start playing the game. It takes courage to overcome the fears. Your friends and family may not approve. Things likely will be tough. Time with loved ones will be reduces as time for training increases. Part of that training and game playing may just happen when you are accustomed to sleeping. You never know whether you will make money at it until you try.
Training, hard work and sacrifice are part of every great success story. One must be courageous and overcome fear in order to overcome, and to pursue God-given dreams and passions. There is a period of often painful growth before the money and success come. Only God knows when that will be, so continuing on the course of growth and training is necessary as long as God says it is. He knows when you are ready for the real game, which leads into the next point.
“The door of success always swings on the hinges of prayer.” Prayer is vitally important! Knowing what to do during the time of training and preparation will come when you ask God. Every step of the way, God knows the path that leads to victory and the path that leads to destruction. Asking God’s direction before proceeding would save a lot both time and embarrassment. Then God will tell you when it is time for the big game, and He will be there with you in it. If you stay humble during this time, he will continue to guide you through the game, or in my case, my Young Living business.
After typing this I will be anointing myself with three particular essential oils. Valor is my favorite for instilling feelings of strength and courage. Motivation, and the name says it all! I will also apply Frankincense, a personal favorite of mine when praying and seeking.
Rockin’ Oily Momma
P.S. His sermon was about Nehemiah. Go read about him!
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