I used to spend hours listening to podcast interviews about how people built their companies from the ground up, but then I realized that the time I spent listening to other people's stories could be used to develop my own.
Just do it.
A few years ago, I decided to drive with 4 people I barely knew to a "business building" convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The convention was a big deal, so I was determined to find a way to get there—even if that meant spending 36-hours in a car with unfamiliar faces.
This could be a fun adventure.
The night before we planned to leave, the car started smoking and we considered canceling the trip. To be honest, I was okay with that. At least I could say I exhausted every option to get there.
But the trip wasn't canceled, yet. The people I planned to go to Kansas City with came to a not-so-educated conclusion that the car was fine. What's a little smoke, right?
"Just say yes and go," I thought to myself. YOLO! ✌️
The smart thing to do would've been to sit that trip out, but I never claimed to be that smart. I was going, and nothing was going to stop me.
Before we left the city the following morning, we stopped at a gas station to fill up the tank for our adventure. A man who was passing by pointed to one of the car's tires and told us we had a flat.
We all started laughing. I mean, he had to be joking. There's no way that wasn't a joke.
Oh, but it wasn't.
At that moment, I knew that either God was trying to protect us from something terrible happening or the enemy was trying to hold us back from something great happening.
We chose to believe the latter and put our money together to get the tire changed.
Kansas City here we come!
The convention was awesome, but a week later I found myself exhausted, uninspired, and needing another "high."
That experience makes me think of the story in the Bible about the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus asked the woman for a drink of water even though Samaritans didn't associate with Jews.
John 4:9-10 says, "The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
In verse 15, the Samaritan woman says, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
I can relate to her.
Like the Samaritan woman, I didn't want to keep doing the same thing repeatedly for a temporary fix. Although I'm always down for a good adventure, I didn't want to have to keep taking 36-hour road trips to quench my "thirst."
I needed something greater. So, I turned to God.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." - Hebrews 11:6
It's true, God is a rewarder of those who diligently (are eager) to get to know Him, but don't just seek him for the reward. Seek Him to have an experience like no other.
Going to conventions, workshops, and all that other good stuff is awesome, but the high that you get from them is only temporary. Sometimes we spend a lot of time seeking God's will in "things" instead of seeking Him.
Give God your best, and He'll do the rest.
You were created for a reason. Develop your story by letting God write it. Let Him fill in the pages of the book that He created specifically for you.
All you have to do is just say yes.
Have you ever had an experience where you just said yes to God? I'd love to hear about it. Head on over to the discussions page with your stories, feedback, and questions. I look forward to chatting with you.
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You were born to do great things. Just say yes.