Under the Influence …Complacency
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death”
Complacency: self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Synonyms: Pride, conceit, smugness. Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary.
These past few months have been quite a learning experience for me. In addition to learning the importance of washing my hands and staying away from people, I’ve learned closeness and dependence on God simply by taking my hands off the wheel and doing it His way.
A week before we all went into lock down, my company of 15 years asked me to leave the company as a salaried employee and become a 1099 independent sales rep. Well, I had been wanting to leave anyway, pursue other avenues that seemed “better to me”, so this seemed like great timing. Then lockdown…my customers were locked down as well and for the first time in my life I filed for unemployment compensation. That was approved quickly and about 2 weeks after that the stimulus plan kicked in and I had the money I needed and then some. I still pressed on, planning for the time when we would unlock.
One morning God spoke to me, quite clearly and explained to me that this was a time to change my ways and not to lounge in the safety net of unemployment compensation. He told me that would allow me to focus my attention on Him and His ways and His direction…not mine.
So now, I am focused on doing business His way. It is a more peaceable path. Not without its struggles mind you however His way is a way of peace and compassion…even in sales! It is also a path of responsibility to manage myself and my Kingdom as well as being accountable to God rather than an earthly boss.
Perhaps the bigger change is one of becoming more aware. Aware of my products and applying them to the changing times we are entering. Aware of the real needs of my customers, sometimes just a phone call to ask how they’re doing and how are their families. Not a sales call just a call to be there. Awareness of the opportunities God is opening for me as I rely on His direction and not my own.
The beauty of all of this and the lesson to be learned by me is this: in about a month the unemployment safety net will be gone, I will be back working and living on only commissions. While the unemployment safety net is gone, God’s hands are under me; always there, and I can trust in Him completely and realize my ideas, while they may seem great to me are going to lead to death if they’re not from Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, And lean not on your own understanding ; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths.