As I ask these questions a few stories come to which each came with their own lessons. Once God called me to join a HOA that consisted of over ten thousand people and to get involved in the community I did. The He called me to step up into the role of president of the HOA but I didn’t feel qualified for the role and the people who would report to me in such a position would be above me in my normal day job. God kept pressing and I kept coming up with reasons and excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t or wouldn’t. Then on day after my workout, sitting in the hot tub I heard the words – the one and only time I heard an audible voice “You will be president or you will be nothing, you choose!”. Well nothing sounded really bad and so I told God I would do it but I was going to need Him to help me navigate it. On the way to the board role nominations after the election, one of the members offered to stay long enough for the election and then step down but I told her if God wanted me to be there He would make it happen and she should go take care of her mom who had been diagnosed with cancer. The election came and the retreat where we nominate the board position came and myself and another person were nominated and even with the larger than normal group of new people I didn’t know I was elected president. There were so many things that came up that year that God showed me the answers to with wisdom and discernment to navigate through them including hiring an executive director, renegotiating the insurance, renegotiating the security, and hiring an accounting company. God gave me a name for the executive director. God gave me ideas around the insurance and security to enable us to only increase the dues by $10 per home. God is faithful! If God calls you to it, He will get you through it! God doesn’t call the qualified but rather He qualifies the called!
There was the time when our team just came off winning multiple awards and then were reorganized into another team. My new boss called me into her office where the conversation went something like this “Have I got a deal for you, if you give up the build service, you can take on the BETA program which will get you the visibility and breadth of work to help you succeed in this organization.” I thought about it and accepted it. Well, things started off well, made connections across the group, learning from the past owner, making all the partnerships that I felt would required to make this a success and then it happened, an edict from on high came down that everything was going to go to the guy who had agreed with me that we would be attached at the hip and be able to rock this thing. So I went from leading a company wide, award winning service team to leading the BETA program to owning the build status page. Wow, I wouldn’t have and couldn’t have seen that coming. I got bitter. I got angry. I got sad. And the downward spiral began and the experience between spec reviews and other things just caused things to get worst. I was so focused on myself that I never even checked in on my friend who ended up having to pick up the load per the edict. I later, many years late, when both of us had already left the team to find out he was just as upset about it as I was, feeling he had been setup too. Every night on the way home from work, God kept prompting my spirit that I needed to forgive them but I kept having “good” reason why I couldn’t, shouldn’t and wouldn’t. Every song on the radio was about forgiveness – interestingly I got my phone to capture the songs and created my own playlist at the end of the story. Then one day as I was prepping to go get my taxes done, I looked at my tax form and went “God, you’ve helped me in the past, can you help me again?” And then the song 7×70 came on the radio as I was getting on the highway, and God got me. So I forgave them and as I was more than half way there I heard the scripture “as you forgive others, so I will forgive you”. I started asking God to forgive me for not having listened so long ago and could have avoided a lot of the pain and suffering. As I was exiting the highway, it was all gone, all the anger, all the bitterness, all the pain, the weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Forgiveness was the key! (If you want to see a video version, check out “Forgiveness Story Slam GoDaddy” on YouTube.)
2020 – my year that had the theme of “Hindsight is 2020”. Who knew it would be a year where I would go from being the guy to transition after transition after transition of trying different things my boss wanted and feeling less and less confident and connected throughout the journey. It took till December before I was able to see what was going on. Throughout all the changes and transitions, I leaned more on God to help me get through it all. I spent more time with my wife and family as the pandemic pretty much kept us home. So after 4 managers and 7 roles, I was where God had wanted me to be. It required disconnecting me and removing me piece by piece, little by little, in order to get ready for what was new and my third manager spoke of my role in the visualization of a Venn diagram and how that central connecting area would be where we would look for me to be. It encouragement me and helped get rid of the emotions I had been feeling throughout the journey called 2020. Even though it only lasted 12 days, it prepared me for the door God had been preparing for nearly a year for me to be able to step up and step into. As I learned about the opportunity, I realized it was that center piece of the the Venn diagram. I wanted to make sure I had buy in through my management chain and started at the top and worked my way down as that Friday morning, I had prayed that God would either swing the door open so wide that I couldn’t miss it or close it so tight that I would know I should stay where I was. Each layer said I should take this new position. And so the year that was 2020, between COVID-19 and all the craziness of work finished on a high note in preparations for 2021.
So how about you? Ever been called to stop or step out? Ever been in a position of high visibility and effectiveness and then have it taken away?
From Hero to Zero
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
“But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.””Matthew 16:23 NKJV
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Imagine being able to give the right answer the one f the most powerful and significant questions in history.
- Imagine moments later being reprimanded for going against the will and purpose of God.
- God’s ways are not our ways! His ways are better because He has all the facts and perspectives.
- Sometimes from our limited perspective and knowledge our view of what is right or best can be the exact opposite of what God thinks.
- Imagine what your thought would be living with Jesus and He says that He has to go and die on the cross. Good idea or bad idea, without realizing and knowing that He would come back and conquer the grave.
- Imagine living through a dark time before coming into the light – pretty sure we would have wanted to try and avoid the dark times.
- When we fight against God, we tend to have to deal with the reprimand and get corrected.
- When we trust God, He will lead us into the light!
- Let’s choose to walk with God thru all of our lives be it the highest of highs or the lowest of lows, the darkest of dark times or the brightest of light times.
- Let’s trust Him with all of our hearts.
- Arguing with God may be natural, but doe you really want to play devil’s advocate with God?
- Doesn’t that sound counter productive?
- Do you want to be and advocate for God or for the devil?
- Do you want to be reprimanded or hear well done good and faithful servant?
- God can redeem us when we mess up. Do you want to have to deal with the clean up or would you rather trust God’s direction and will for your life?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
- Have you ever said, “No way!” To God about a path where He was leading you?
- What are some situations in your life today in which you need to trust God to lead you out of darkness into light?
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
“God’s will is what everyone one of us would choose if we had all of God’s facts.”Ike Reighard
So are you ready? Are you willing? What will it take for you to choose to receive Jesus? What will it take for you to start the journey and relationship with God through Jesus? Is today your day? Let’s pray
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