17th January 2013

What A Blessing

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

I run an IT company.  All companies generally sell/do something, or offer a service—as we know, that’s business. In my business, daily I prepare many quotes and talk to numerous people around the country.  Sometimes I get a call or email, requesting a  quote for an amazing job:  My heart is racing, my eyes brighten up and a huge smile comes across my face.  And I say, “I want that job!”  So I rush round and get the quote together and forward it to the customer within a good timescale. Then I wait and wait, and a few days go by.  When I call or email them I hear, “Sorry, James, your quote did not fit the bill.”  Perhaps my quote was more expensive.  I then sit in my chair and feel a bit down, my face drops and I go to get a coffee or something. But the mood soon passes and I pick myself up and get back to work.  There is a saying that the best sales people are the ones who not necessarily get all the deals in, but pick themselves back up and carry on forward.

 I am reminded that as Christians we must also pick ourselves up.  Because in our Christian life we also have ups and downs. We know that we should not worry about anything, that God our Father blesses us in so, so many ways. But, being human, all too often we focus on the problems and forget the blessings. So when we go through a down patch in our spiritual lives, let’s sit for a moment and remind ourselves of the blessings that we have. Suddenly the problem comes back into perspective, we clear away our doubts and change our thought process. As Christians we must look forward in faith.

I pray for help and guidance in running my business, and we have had, and continue to have, great blessings, like an order that just comes in out of the blue.  In the same way I pray about every part of my life and try to express my thanks for every blessing.  I believe that ultimately God does look out for us.  As it says in Romans 8:28, all things work for good to those called according to his purpose. He is our Holy God that we trust with everything.  Sometimes we can’t see our path clearly, but what a blessing to know that God does.

Thanks be to God!

Prayer
Lord, thank you so much for every day you give us. Thank you for blessing us in our jobs. It is just a blessing to know you are there and give us comfort.
Amen

Study by James Esom

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