I am horrible at marketing. I pray about this shortcoming. I stress about it, and I whine to my very patient husband about it. Recently, my hubby looked at me exasperated and said, “God is taking care of your marketing.”
That got my attention. “Umm, excuse me?”
“Think about it,” he said. “Every client you’ve had recently has been a referral, and they’ve come from the strangest places.”
He was right. My neighbor, my gym instructor, a young lady I had coached over a year ago—all of these people had sent me referrals. I was being watched over, and I hadn’t even realized it.
Over the next few days I tried to be more aware of the opportunities around me. While at the bank waiting for the next teller, I helped a person find the address of a business he needed to visit. Smartphones make looking up information easy, and this gentleman needed help. I didn’t think any more about it, but the next available teller had been watching and she called me up.
She asked my name and what I did for a living. I told her. “I help people better prepare for college and careers, and I teach parents to become their children’s best career coaches.”
She smiled and said she had a son in college. He was doing well at his job but wasn’t sure he was in the right profession. She asked for my business card.
Suddenly that marketing discussion was made sense. God takes care of my needs. I give Him glory by serving Him in whatever way He brings into my day.
God’s ways aren’t our ways. The things we don’t do well can frustrate us, but God is in control. He knows what abilities He’s given us, and He knows what we need. He’s also got a plan, and it’s not like anything we would imagine.
There are hundreds of books on how to become a powerful leader. I’ll bet none of them start with get yourself sold into slavery and sent to prison. That’s what happened to Joseph, and he became second in command over all of Egypt.
Now I don’t mean to imply we shouldn’t continue learning how to do better in the areas where we struggle. God has blessed us all with resources to help us grow (like this blog 🙂 ) and we want to be good stewards of those resources.
But, the next time frustration and worry takes over because we can’t seem to do what the world tells us is required, let’s remember: God is in control. He knows who we are and what we need. He has a plan, and the world can’t fathom all the things He has in store for us!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Cynthia Owens is a graduate of Christian Communicators and CCC Advanced and is the Event Coordinator for the 2014 Christian Communicators Conference. As Co-Founder of Go with Vision, Cynthia shows people how to combine their God-given strengths and interests to create rewarding careers. She has had articles featured in Love Is a Verb Devotions (Bethany House), Fighting Fear (Lighthouse Publishing) and Reach Out Columbia magazine. For more of Cynthia’s writings visit www.GoWithVision.com or www.PracticalLightLiving.com.