Finding relevance in business as it relates to life comes in the most mysterious ways. Getting up at 2 a.m. the other night unable to fall back to sleep I reached for my Bible to gain a little wisdom (or to help me to fall back to sleep). I had read about Moses some years back, but was not really in tuned to what it said. This time however, I heard it loud and clear.
Like it or not I am very much like Moses in life and business. Although God had chosen Moses to be a leader, Moses was not overly thrilled about using his gifts and talents in that way. He questioned on numerous occasions why he should be chosen and why someone else could not go in his place. Moses was not “eloquent” in his words but “slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Ex. 4:10). If he had gotten his way, a different leader would have been chosen. Now either God has a pretty good sense of humor or He knows exactly who is capable to handle any given job.
That brings me back to my own life. Many a years, even recently, I have questioned or side-stepped my gifts and talents in order that someone more gifted or “eloquent” in speech could take my place. Not until I turned 40 did I realize (quite reluctantly) that it was time to stop running from my God-given abilities but to embrace them despite my imperfections. What have I learned from it all? One word summarizes it — freedom That’s right — I have learned freedom! Embracing that which had scared me the most, the one thing I had been running from all these years, is what I am now finding true joy in my life. Who would have known that the thing I most feared in life has become my greatest gift?
Are you ready for a challenge? Take some time to find out what are your God-given gifts and talents. If you aren’t sure, ask others for their input and jot those ideas down. Once you have it figured out, take the first steps of courage and start down that path. It’s not necessarily going to be easy or without some doubt in the beginning, but if you are doing what you are supposed to be doing in life, you will eventually feel the joy and the freedom that comes from using your abilities to their fullest. Try it and let me know how it works out for you!