You know growth does require an attitude change and in order for you to grow to the next level you need to take some very uncomfortable steps that you are not really ready to take without seeing the end or what’s about to happen next. I wan to share a short story with you on how through growth in Corporate America it allowed me to prepare myself for things yet to come and unseen.
When I arrived in the parking deck of the Building smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta I would sit for about 15 minutes or so (if I had the time), and I was not rushing to get to my desk, I would park by the nearest railing and put my window down and just look over the city. I would pray, and dread going into the building because I knew that my GOD given talents and abilities did not lie in that place and I was only doing damage to myself by staying there.
I ready just today a quote by Richard Branson on the top 5 things in business that will make you happen and #1 was to Do What You Love or Don’t Do it at All. Wow! Really, what was I doing in this place? How was I going to reach my full potential in Christ and would really leaving a Corporate Job allow me to do greater things? No, I wasn’t ready I thought to myself, I still need time to grow as a Christian blogger, writer and make sure my Network Marketing business could sustain my family.
But how could I grow if I didn’t like what I was doing? How was God using me to touch other people, I didn’t have a clue, but I guess I was in some capacity helping someone in the building through conversation. Then I woke up, the 15 minutes was over and I needed to get into work quickly before they marked me late. Uhhh, I truly did not like someone telling me when I could take off to watch my daughters ballet event, than Jesus reminded me to be patient because my time would come. And boy did it ever come!
How could I be so frustrated with doing what everyone else was doing and that was providing for my family. I felt truly guilty that I wanted to leave my job and do something else because there was no room for growth and it felt like I was stuck in a box that was not growing or moving at all. So what was I to do at this point?
- I needed to embrace my environment - No matter the horrid circumstances, I decided to embrace where I was and be thankful.
- I needed to remind myself that God was in control - He controls it all, and our jobs is just another location.
- I became open to learning – I wanted to learn more and become better on my job. (or else God would not bless me with anything else)
- I wanted to become better at helping people – I found something at work that I could latch onto and become better at it.
- While reading I found these few tips from the passage.. (I can’t take credit for these)
Godly habits take time to develop. Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits. You can’t claim to have integrity unless it is your habit to always be honest.
Your habits define your character. There is only one way to develop the habits of Christlike character: You must practice them – and that takes time!
These character-building habits are often called “spiritual disciplines,” and they include such things as meditation, prayer, fasting, Bible study, simplicity, stewardship, solitude, submission, service and evangelism.
- 1 Timothy 4:15
Question: What teaching moments can you share, or Attitude change that totally took you in another direction than you planned?
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