It was past midnight earlier this year. I was staring at the ceiling laying down on my bed and I couldn’t sleep. There was one thought in my mind: What was I doing wrong?
At that point, it seemed like I’ve done every bit of advice the business books and personal development experts tell us -- meditating, journaling, reading books, saying affirmations, even talking to yourself in front of the mirror like you’re already the person you want to be. But, nothing seemed to be working; my business was still not thriving and I could feel myself sinking in burnout and overwhelm.
So I prayed. I knew that God had all the answers and indeed, He does. He answered in what seemed like a taint whisper in my ear: “You have to trust me more, my child. Surrender more.”
In that moment, I finally understood that the way I was running my business -- and life, in general -- was not God’s best in me. You see, I’ve been trying to carry everything all on my back thinking I could control every mishap, challenge, and circumstance that goes in my business. I thought that I could make my dream business happen on my own.
It’s not like I didn’t believe in God’s grace. I only misunderstood the fact that He doesn’t only care about the big picture in my life; He actually cares about the details. Like a loving father who doesn’t want to miss the little things in His daughter’s life.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you what it’s like to surrender our businesses to God and make Him the CEO. This is in hopes that, if you haven’t yet, you will be inspired to let Him lead you wherever He wants you to be and let His grace win over all the aspects of not only your business, but also your life.
1 - God’s grace allows you to rest.
And when you think you’ve rested, He’ll ask you to rest some more. I’m not only talking about the worldly standards of resting like throwing on a face mask or having a long relaxing bath or binge watching your favorite Netflix shows (although those could happen in the process too!). I’m talking about resting in God’s peace.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.” (Matthew 11:28-29 GNT)
This may seem counterintuitive than how the rest of the world functions. We see how much the hustle and grind culture are incentivized in our society. I grew up seeing my Mom and Dad work their days off just to earn money and so it was deeply ingrained in me that I needed to work so hard just to succeed.
But when God is your CEO, He will want you to let him take over. He will help you carry the weight. In fact, He’ll usually take the heavy lifting from you. This doesn’t mean complacency, no, faith still needs action. But when you know that Abba is on your side, you worry less and you get to have this unknowing peace inside of you that no one can take. Not even any business mishap or the economy.
2 - He gets to lead you to more than what you can ask for.
Before surrendering to God, I was extremely prideful that my main business offer was going to take off. And when it wasn’t working as I expected it to, I thought I failed myself but I still couldn’t let it go.
And when I finally let God into OUR business (it was His, after all; I only steward it), all these Holy Spirit-led ideas just came rushing in. I thought I didn’t have the capacity to launch them and find my ideal clients, but since Jesus is my CEO, it was a success and everything seemed easy.
Looking back, these ideas were already little seeds that God had planted in my heart but I was blinded by the fact that I was trying to make everything work instead of casting all my cares to God. But, you see, this is what the Scripture says after all:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)
Exceedingly… Abundantly… Above all that we ask or think.
Let that sink in.
When you co-partner with God on your business, you best believe you’re in for the best ride of your life. It’s not always upwards, but what I can promise is that it’s going to be worth it.
This is how I intend to run my business and live my life. How about you?