I remember the day I gave my business to Christ.
Much like the day I devoted my life to Him, my decision wasn’t out of pain or desperation.
(The original reason I sought spiritual counsel was from pain, but that’s another story for another day.)
I thought life was fine. I healed from trauma, married, and was working in a career I loved.
One Sunday our pastor preached The Parable of The Sower and how God's free gift of salvation is like seed that doesn't always take root.
In the Parable, Jesus likens Jesus' saving Gospel to a farmer's seed. Once sowed, the seed (God's word) lands on 4 different types of ground: hard, stony, thorny, and good. The only type of ground the seed will take deep root in is good soil. None of the other grounds will hold the seed: hard ground represents a heart hardened with sin. Stony ground is like someone whose interest in the Gospel isn't enough to withstand trials to his faith. Thorny ground is like a man whose distractions and other idols choke out the seed long before it can take root.
This parable convicted me and my husband. Oh, how we wanted to be good soil! We recited the forgiveness prayer and asked the Lord into our hearts.
A few months later, we relocated and I started my freelance writing business. Staying self-employed is hard work! The hours are long, the pay is little or none, for a time, and finding the right amounts of clients to keep the pipeline full is a challenge. One morning during quiet time I prayed Lord, this business is yours. Let all I do with it and in it, honor You.
The unofficial name for my business is “Faith Business Creations.” I’m reminded who the real CEO is.
And I never start a day without meeting with Him first.
On a deadline or wanting to get ahead on a project, when I choose to skip those meetings, those are the "not-so-good" days; unproductive at best.
A few years ago, I read a quote: “If God is your co-pilot, switch seats.” When I start to rely too much on myself, I am in trouble.
Letting God be my pilot and my captain reminds me that I will reach the destination He has for me. I could worry when my next payment will come in from a client, or if I’ll ever hear back from an editor.
Or I can take a breath, sit back and trust my Provider.
Here are some Bible verses that I refer to:
The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still. Exodus 14:14
Where you go, I’ll go, where you stay, I’ll stay.
Know where you are headed, and you will stay on Solid ground. Proverbs 4:26
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Is. 46:4
The Lord is near to all who call on Him Ps. 145:18
Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10
Act justly. Love Mercy. Walk humbly. Micah 6:8
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Your word is a light to my feet, and a lamp to my path. Ps. 119:105
-Vanessa S. Lewis