Sometimes business moves fast. And if I think about it, sometimes it is important to move fast in business.
Moving fast is scary when you don’t want to leave God out of it. Business is of the world, but it’s a world we must live in for this time. So how do we keep God first, move fast, and maneuver with God’s blessing and wisdom?
This is plaguing me this week as several situations arise in the life of my business, as well as my client’s businesses.
Now that the week is coming to a close, I have found myself relying on a few beliefs:
#1 It is about how we live with God in our life all of the time. God knows that our crisis and opportunities will come suddenly and un-expectantly at times. If we are in relationship with Him all of the time, then when the urgent situations arise, we don’t need to start building our relationship with God to depend on Him. Our relationship is already there and we can move knowing that His Holy Spirit is guiding us.
#2 We pray without ceasing. God knows we are in a hurry. God also knows when we need to slow down. In these moments, I found myself randomly talking to God. It was sort of an out of body experience, as I wasn’t always consciously praying. Suddenly I realized I was speaking out loud to my invisible Savior. Other times it was in my head and it was short phrases like “Now what God” or “Please give me grace and patience in this moment”. Either way, I believe He knew my unspoken and un-thought needs and prayers.
#3 Even though things feel important and urgent, we have to remember their place in eternity. I really want a new building to expand my coaching practice. I really want to jump in and do more for my church. My client has an immediate real crisis and I need to be there for them. For me, to find God’s peace, the one that defies our worldly understanding, it is necessary for me to put today in perspective of eternity. When I remember that in a hundred years none of these things will matter, it doesn’t change their importance today, but it does put them in perspective and provide peace in the moment.
So I guess in short, I get through the speed of business better if my relationship with God is already first which then facilitates the conscious and un-conscious connection during the flurry of activity. And, for me, I always stay more grounded, even slow down, if I remember my place in eternity. I need to remember that I can always trust that He is with me and, if I am not being a total control freak, that He will be guiding me.
Ultimately, the speed of business cannot outpace our God!
Sue Miley is a business coach and a licensed professional counselor who writes about faith and work sharing her belief that God is with us in all of life, including our work.