By Ann Gant
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV)
Have you ever had one of those days at work where it seemed that everything you touch goes wrong? Maybe it has been more than a day, maybe a week even or God forbid it seems to happen all of the time.
It hurts doesn't it? To feel like you have done your best but still somehow you have missed the mark. Even worse is when other people know that you have been messing up at work. What will they think? What are they saying? What are you saying or thinking about yourself?
As an entrepreneur when I fall short at work there is no one to blame but me. For now I am a one woman show. One of the hardest things I have found in being a business owner is separating what I do from who I am.
What makes this even harder is when I run into an issue at work and the enemy of my soul comes shouting negatives sometimes by way of other people and sometimes by way of me.
He tells me that I should give up and throw in the towel. After all if I'll do this all of my stress will go away instantly. Ah, no fear, no stress, no insecurity, no worries about what the clients think about my work, no worries about if they will keep sending me work or not.
I can almost feel the phony peace the enemy offers.
But then I come to myself and hear that there is another voice speaking, my Heavenly Father and His message acknowledges that I fall short sometimes and more than sometimes on occasion. But He doesn't condemn. He says don't be discouraged or give up but pay attention to the lessons.
He is trying to teach me something but I'll miss it if I spend all my time sobbing or beating myself up.
The lesson at work this week for me was a simple remedy. I am creating a checklist that will enable me to double check each package that I send to my clients with all of the things that I have missed and could possibly miss.
So as a liar does the enemy lied to me and would have liked me to believe that giving up was the only option. He has tried to tell me this in other areas of my life including my children and my marriage. If it were left up to him I would just give up on everything God has blessed me with because ultimately he wants me to give up on God.
Overall, I am learning to trust God in and with my business even through my mistakes. In the past it has been easier for me to offer forgiveness to others in areas where they fall short while offering none for myself.
The mistakes remind me that I am human and need God always and in everything I do. They also get my attention to the point that I learn how to tighten things up so I can get ready for the next phase.
The peace the enemy offered wasn't real peace at all. To give up and let go would be a phony, cowardly way out.
The peace of God allows me to work through failures or issues and to come out wiser and stronger.
You will hear me say over and over again that only God can meet our deepest need. We can't find our worth in businesses, marriages, kids, material things or wealth. People and things will fail us at some point but who we are in Christ and His love for us lives forever.
Father, we thank you for giving us real peace through our circumstances. We thank you that we can find our worth in you. Help us to look to you always whether in failure or triumphs. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Isaiah 26:12 NKJV
Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
John 8:44 NKJV
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.