1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) - Give your worries to Jesus. Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Like many who are reading this article, I have also had my share of ups and downs, personally and professionally. I believe that anytime we are faced with adversity whether it be on the job, at school, etc. there is always a growth opportunity. That growth may hurt as you’re going through it. Of course, you don’t want to hear anything about growth or learning at that moment, but when God brings you to it He will most definitely bring you through it; and that’s when you can’t help but rejoice. Later, you may reflect and realize that God was with you all the time. This is my story…
Romans 5:3-4 (NIV) - Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) - If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.
I spent over two decades as a marketing/communication/sales professional. Each day brought something different. Some days were great, while others presented challenges but it was in those days that I persevered and sharpened my skills. One day, I finally decided that it was time to take the skills that I’d developed in the corporate world and invest in myself. To that end, I left the corporate world to pursue my dream of being a realtor.
It was during the rough days in corporate America that God was testing, teaching and preparing me for my destiny of owning my own business. They say that experience is the best teacher. I can truly say that my earlier career prepared me for a career in real estate. After all, real estate is all about marketing, sales and building relationships. God was preparing me all along! All of the challenging days and nights spent in the corporate world were for this time!
As a realtor, I still have rough days every now and then. Who doesn’t? Even in these moments I am constantly learning. I apply my learnings to future transactions and use them to help newer agents that may be faced with similar situations. Your trials and experience will serve as a help to someone else. You can bless someone else with your experiences. As Christians this is how we help others.
Self discipline is the means by which we continue forward no matter what internal and external struggles we face. Having self discipline insures that we follow through and get things done. Sometimes this is the toughest of all. This is basically having to hold yourself accountable when no one is looking. It’s being your own life coach 24/7 and saying, “Come on self, you can do it!”
One of my favorite quotes says, “Life is 20% what happens and 80% how you react to it (Charles Swindoll). How will you react to your next rough day? Will you remember that you can learn from it? God can teach you a lesson about Him, or yourself in those moments. God is loving you, even though it may feel like you're all alone. We can choose grace, which assumes that there will be rough days and that do-overs are needed. And Christ, in His grace, offers not just the do-over but the power for the do-over.