Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
I must confess that one of the hardest things for me to do is surrender my career to God and trust in Him. In marriage, in parenting, in health… in so many other areas of life it is easier to acknowledge that He is control — and that I am not. There is a temptation to want to surrender to Him those things that we know we can’t control anyway, but reserve to ourselves and our own “wisdom” the things we think we have more control over. The challenge, then, becomes surrendering in areas over which we have the tightest grip.
“But I have such great plans! And I’ve spent so much time and effort preparing!” we tell ourselves. “Surely God wants me to work hard, right?” The answer is yes… according to his will. To use the boat analogy: Are you rowing in the right direction? Is God your captain, or your passenger? Is His Word your map or your life preserver? One successful entrepreneur, Scott Osborne, owner of a faith-based company, SentforHim.com, says you must seek His guidance, and with that guidance comes the confidence that sees you through the times of struggle into the times of blessing.
What if you are between jobs or are underemployed? Still seek His guidance. But be careful not dismiss that “still, small voice” if it’s prompting you to do something difficult. For many folks, the answer to their prayers IS hard work… the hard work of starting their own business or adding a second job. My wife Emily has gone through such a journey and her hard work has blessed our family in a number of ways.
A preschool director who already had a tough and demanding job, she saw an opportunity a few years ago to get a discount on some great products — purses and totes from Thirty-One Gifts — and joined as a consultant to get discounts and maybe get some spending change. By following where God has led her and working that business hard, she has grown her business to the point where she was able to initially go part-time at her main job and pick our girls up after school for more family time, to recently being able to quit her other job and make Thirty-One her full time gig. She’s been more successful than we ever would have imagined and a lot of it has to do with working hard in the direction God was leading her and not trying to rely on her own wisdom. Had we relied on our own “wisdom” and planning, we would never have thought that direct sales — or sales of any kind — was Emily’s path to success. But He knows every hair on our head and he knows what is best for us.
Pray for His guidance. Trust in his prompting and the doors He opens. Do not waste time and energy fretting and moping about the ones He closes. And work hard in the right direction.
If you think the Thirty-One opportunity might be right for you or someone you know, as a business venture, a part-time gig, a supplemental income, something to enable you to work from home, or something to keep you busy if you already stay at home, please contact Emily Page and get more information.