Building a business is inherently stressful. On the entrepreneurial roller coaster, I am experiencing abounding fear, much self-doubt, and occasional panic! As an example, while rejoicing that my first group coaching venture was off the ground, I fretted and worried: How will I find six more people for the next group? How can I market this? I confess to self-doubt and discouragement. Very often in the building stage, the activity level is high and the “return on investment” is low. It was during that fretting and worrying that God began plying my heart with a simple truth: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3)
In a recent week, I participated in, presided at, and prepared for six different events related to a non-profit organization of which I have been a member for many years. “Trust in the Lord, and do good….”
During this same week, there was a non-paid speaking engagement at a local university wherein I delivered a training session for instructors on how to write a good course description. This was not a topic on which I considered myself an expert; thus it required considerable research and writing time. I had prepared a sheet of DOs and DON’Ts with respect to writing a course description and submitted it for duplication. Wondering if I was on target for what I had been asked to do, I inquired of the administrator if she had
read the material and if it met her expectations. Her comment: “Yes, this is exactly what we have needed.” During the presentation, a gentleman commented, “We instructors have to write a course description every quarter. It would be great if this document could be included as a guideline in the form we have to complete for our courses.” I passed his suggestion to the administrator who agreed that was a great idea. “Trust in the Lord, and do good….”
Three more non-paid speaking engagements filled my calendar. Thankfully I was able to use material with which I was already familiar for classes of sixth and eighth graders at a middle school, and an adult student group at a local university. The topics were how to write and deliver a speech and effective speaking skills. “Trust in the Lord, and do good….”
Through all of this, God encouraged me with his promise of “…so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” There are hundreds of
amazing ways in which God enables me to “dwell in the land” and (very often literally) feeds me, but here are some specific examples:
Many friends who seem to want my company, invite me to lunch and pick up the check; children who have me over or out for dinner; a generous restaurant gift card as a thank-you for my leadership in an organization; friends who give yummy homemade ham and bean soup; anonymous and not-so-anonymous gifts of money; a Christian businessman who goes out of his way to offer strategic advice for my business development; a gifted chiropractor who daily treats my vocal cord issues in exchange for coaching services; the provision of an expensive essential oil that is strong against cancer; a sweet daughter who cleans my apartment when needed; a friend who spoke encouraging words into my life at a critical juncture.
I will stop with that listing, by no means exhaustive, but the exercise has served as a reminder of the oh so many ways God is active in my life and is bringing me along his chosen path. “Trust in the Lord, and do good…” has become my mantra. Whenever I am tempted to pull back from any opportunity, this verse guides my decision-making. I can accept all things as from the Lord and not fear the cost. God is the source of my supply, and his resources are limitless. My part is simple: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:3)
The Lord be praised!