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Follow The Path

While in Bible study a couple weeks ago I came across this passage in Mathew that struck me down to my knees. I believe that each time you read the Bible you will always hear the message that God wants you to hear.  Now the fun part! Why did this passage hit me so hard?

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Mathew 23:27-28 .

Jesus is saying, “yeah, you might look great on the outside; however, I can see right through you and on the inside you are dead!”

Ouch, that stung a little.  Why you might ask?

About a year ago I was put on a mission that God led me to.  I was fired up, passionate, full of life.  I woke up every day ready to take on the world.   I kept in contact with God daily, even hourly you could say.  I was on top of the world. A year later, I’m here… dead on the inside (lost).
It’s funny how when you are down you look for God the most.  When you’re up its easy to forget about the man who gave it all to you. 
My life was so much easier when God was in control.  He was my GPS and I was getting turn by turn directions. Then I got too caught up in the world around me and took the reigns over myself. “I know a shortcut, this way looks easier,” I thought.  I was just being stubborn.
When I stopped hearing the turn by turn directions from God I started making my own paths.  Paths that led me to an empty, dead feeling inside.  Until I read Matthew 23. This is when I heard Him speak to me again. The message went like this.

                Why must you do things the hard way.  I told you what to do.  You kicked me out of the car and started doing your own thing. 
                You stopped asking for directions, so I stopped giving them. You stopped communicating with me, so I stopped helping you. 
                You are a candle burning at both ends about to flicker away.  Come back to me and let me heal you.

I about lost it at this point. I was looking great on the outside but inside fading away.  Just like the scripture.

It was a humbling experience that brought me back to submission. He let me make a few wrong turns and get lost so He could come find me again.  Well, so I could find Him again!

How can we relate this to the business world?

Let’s rewind, think back to when you first started in the insurance business. How did you feel? I bet you were scared but excited, I bet you were fired up about the opportunity, and I bet you plugged into whatever your teacher/manager recommended and took off like a rocket. Am I right? However, somewhere along the line we get complacent. We start forgetting the basics. We resort back to the “I’m not doing anything wrong” approach. “I’m doing everything you asked me to.”  The question is, are you really? If it was working so well for the first 90 days in the business and hasn’t been working the past 90 days… what gives? Are you white washing the outside but dying on the inside? As humans it’s easy for us to make excuses. “I’m not doing well because of (insert your own excuse here).”
This is the wrong attitude to have. It’s time to take ownership of our wrongs. Go back to basics when you get in a rut. Communicating with your up line is of the utmost importance.  We need to be filled every day, every week. What are you doing with your business to get better? If the answer is relying on all the stars to line up accordingly, then Houston we have a problem. It’s time to take action!  Start filling yourself with what’s going to make you a better business person. I recommend personal development courses, reading books, and better yet coming to the One Life events that are held every quarter. Remember folks, we are all in this together! If you a failing, we are all failing. If you are struggling, we are too. Let’s rise up! Take initiative. Let’s take action. God wants us all to prosper. As Zig Ziglar says, “I believe God made diamonds for his people.” It’s time to shine people. Who is with me?

God bless you all!

Eric Sipes
One Life America