Luke 16:10 NIV
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
I remember a while ago, listening to Joyce Meyer’s broadcast and she happened to have been talking about being in the valley and waiting for God to bring you to the mountain top. It hit home because I’ve been feeling like I was in the valley for a while. Well, to be honest with you, I’m still in that valley.
To clarify, the valley is when you feel like you’re at your low. It feels like everything around you is unfamiliar, shifting and it’s just an overall rough situation. The valley is often where you’re going through a lot of changes all at once and it gets overwhelming, or you’re in a completely new situation and you’re not sure how to handle it.
Whatever your valley looks like, one thing is for certain: It’s extremely tough and it pushes you out of your comfort zone.
These are usually the moments that we find ourselves crying out to God and FINALLY asking Him for help.
Here’s where my conviction came in.
I got in this valley because I forgot about God when I was at my ‘high’. I enjoyed the surplus of blessings I received and enjoyed them but refused to acknowledge who it came from. I enjoyed the gifts but not the giver. I fell into a trap of enjoying the very things in this world that should have brought me closer to God, seeing how much He loved me.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t doing anything bad. In fact, it was still ‘right’ in most peoples’ eyes. I was working hard. I was hustling. I was working on something every second of every hour.
I was PRODUCTIVE.
Woohoo! Isn’t that what every entrepreneur wants?
But this is what I stopped doing. I stopped spending time with Him, I stopped praying to Him, I stopped acknowledging His presence and hand over every situation. I stopped acknowledging that He was sovereign and everything is in His time. Then eventually, I stopped hearing from Him, understanding His ways, knowing what to do or not do in a situation and I started giving into the temptations in the little things of life.
This can result in so many different things, but in my life specifically, I started putting work over the people I love and when disagreements happened or I didn’t get my way, I got frustrated very quickly. I lost my peace and my life ran me.
What am I trying to say? Guys, we’re in a business in which we’re constantly bombarded by people in our online world! Our work surrounds us! It’s almost like we can’t run away from it. For most of us here, our online world is what’s creating our income – whether part-time or full-time. And it’s suuuuch a struggle to stop being a workaholic when everything is pulling us into the media. It’s such a struggle to stop comparing yourself. It’s such a struggle to stay peaceful when you feel like you have so many things to do. It’s a never ending list.
And I’m going to be real for a second. Who receives and takes that frustration when you lose your peace? There’s always someone. Or, well, maybe not always – but if you don’t have someone you eventually implode.
To add onto that, we constantly hear: hustle hustle hustle.
We see people doing big things in big ways. We want to do more. We want to BE more. We’re never satisfied.We see people doing big things in big ways. We want to do more. We want to BE more. We’re never… Click To Tweet
Here are the points I want to make.
If we let our hustle take control of our lives that we forget who all of these provisions are coming from to begin with, I PROMISE YOU, it’s so so so easy to get sucked into all of this and stop making time for the one who gave it to you to begin with. Remember, this world is not our home. Everything in this world is temporary. Despite the fact that it’s temporary, God does want us to enjoy it. He wants us to feel fulfilled, but pouring ourselves out into the world without spending time with God is like an iphone constantly being used without ever getting plugged into the charger. We will never feel fulfilled without God.We will never feel fulfilled without God. Click To Tweet
With our situation, it’s easy to be blind to the people that need you or the ones that you’re already making an impact on. Why? Because we’re looking for MORE people.It’s easy to be blind to the people that need you or the ones that you’re already making an impact… Click To Tweet
Our eyes become set on what’s coming towards us or what we can get hold of that we forget the ones that are already here.
And sometimes, it’s those very same people that receive our frustration that have been hurting all this time and need us.
We constantly feel like we need something more. But before you start asking for more, ask God if there’s still something He’s working in on you. If you’re stressed right now with everything you have to do and you feel like you’re not making enough money in this side-hustle and you’ve been really wanting to make this a full time income, I want to ask you something. Is there a character in you that God is trying to build first before He propels you further? Is He still peeling certain things off you that may hinder you from reaching your potential?
Because here’s a fact: New level, new devil. If we can’t handle things right now, all the more when we have more.
If you’re asking God for more, be ready for God to shake your world and really build character in you. Trust me, it will happen. And when it does, only holding onto God while you have the “little things” will get you the big things.
As Christine Caine says. “If you commit yourself to living according to His Word your potential will be unlocked, and in time, what may look small now will grow into something significant.”
So don’t make the same mistake I did. Start looking forward to God’s provision and stay committed to Him in every small thing. Then prepare yourself to stay faithful to Him and continue making Him a priority in your life regardless of how successful He makes you.Start looking forward to God’s provision and stay committed to Him in every small thing. Click To Tweet
Matthew 6:33 NIV
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Oh, and go out there and do something special for the person that has tolerated your ups and downs whether that’s a friend, a family member, your spouse or your children. Go! Let them know they’re special to you. That in itself is being faithful to who and what God has already given you.
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