Did you ever play “Follow the Leader” as a kid? My memories of that game were that there was always an over-ambitious leader that would take unnecessary risks, attempt the impossible and lead you into a place where you got stuck. Sometimes I can get carried away and I act a bit like that leader relying on a false sense of confidence.
One of the unexpected aspects of success I have become more aware of is ‘relying on my own understanding.’ It can be tempting to believe that I am the sole factor in the success of my business, that due to my great leadership, wisdom, insight, and natural aptitude for business, I am crushing it. If I get caught up believing this, (and I speak from experience when I say) that kind of pride is a sure way to get tripped up. I have recognized that when I trust the leading of God in my company, I make better decisions, things work out more than they don’t, and I experience supernatural protection regarding things out of my control.
A good leader leads people out of trouble, around obstacles, and into success. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit has done for me in business and life. In the times I have chosen to ignore the leadership of the Holy Spirit and relied on myself, it has often cost me time, resources, and sometimes heartache.
What voice are you relying on?
The voice of the Holy Spirit has proven time and time again to be a voice of wisdom and protection. Relying on God has made the difference in my business. As a leader, I am frequently presented with a multitude of options. The pressure to pick the right course of action can feel overwhelming at times but the Bible promises us help:
“Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.”
Isaiah 30:21 MSG
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.”
Proverbs 3:5 MSG