Looking for direction!
October 20, 2008 10:47am CST
Alright, let me first start off by saying that I'm a young Christian wife, working a full time job and a volunteer youth counselor. I love my full time job and volunteering in the ministry. However, I have always wanted to be self employed. I don't currently work for myself but had a business plan all ready to go, but am now wondering. I have wanted to get more involved in the youth and possibly become youth pastor some day in the future. My husband is very supportive of all of my decisions. I'm not so sure that I am ready to start a business of my own because I'm not really familiar with keeping up with the financial part of it (Accounting & Bookkeeping) but I have people that would help me with this area. (Don't have the money to hire someone to do it for me yet) My plan was to start the business part time while I'm working full time and volunteering with the youth. But here lately I've wondered if I should just focus on my full time job and ministry. I have a long ways to go in my spiritual growth before evening really thinking about becoming a youth pastor. Any suggestions on how I can find my direction. I know I should pray, but what exactly for?
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20 Oct 08
aconner, I just stumbled across your post whilst trying to check and where to post my discussion. After having read yours, I just cannot help but stop by and say what's on my mind as coincidentally the topic for my quiet time today is "Do something with nothing" and it is just so interesting to read. At the same time amazing at the timing of it all, in relations to your post here. The passage reading is Ephesians 5:15-21 and the highlight of this passage is "Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16. The topic speaks of that "nothing" time. The time in between everything else you have to do a.k.a“waiting” time. It says that many of us are already constructively using those small increments of waiting time to preoccupy ourselves like reading a book, memorizing a bible verse or praying. However, the writer pointed out that it's our longer waiting periods filled with uncertainty and indecision that may leave us anxious and frustrated, that he is concerned about. So just like you here, with a ready to go business plan, waiting for the right moment, for the finances to come in and what not. And besides praying what else is there? Well, I think as the write stressed it's best to look for our God-given opportunities instead of focusing on the obstacles. That's the way to do something with our nothing. I am just amazed at how God works in each and everyone's life and His astute sense of timing. I'm simply awed here, and hope that this passing post will be of help to you. Take care and God bless.
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20 Oct 08
Again, you have given me such a great answer today. I love the verse that you chose to answer my question with. What I'm getting out of it is this... My God-given opportunities right now that I have in front of my that I can spend my "waiting" time on besides the obvious are youth ministry and my current job. I'll hold on to my business plan for my business and not let it go from my mind, but until I am 100% sure that's what I need to do I'll set it on the side lines for now. If that is where God wants me to be, he'll show me when the time is right. Thank you again for your great response and God Bless!
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5 Nov 08
The one thing that we can all agree on is that our Lord Jesus Christ has passion and compassion. It seems that so do you. You also seem to have a bit of fear. That comes from a degree of uncertainty. God dos not promote a spirit of fear within us. Pray and look closer at your business plan. Examine its congruency with your life plan. God has put purpose in your life. What purpose will this plan serve for you and your recipeints. Be honest. Why is it that you want to be your own boss? I have heard it said that if you want to make God laugh then tell him YOUR plan. Go over your pan again and let God be the author.We do not know what tommorrow holds, but we do know who holds tommorrow. Have faith and patience. You know that the Lord is more than able to give you the desires of your heart. God bless.