(Reminder, this is just a journal of my mistakes, experiences, and thoughts along my journey to having a closer relationship to God. I do not claim to be an authority on the subject. If you want to know The Way, read the Bible.)
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OK, this seems like such a God thing that I have to mention it. Have you ever had something go wrong in your life, something that you had put so much into that you thought it just had to be successful? And it failed? Well, in your mind it failed anyway.
Though I really try not to talk about work and money in the God Blog, money is talked about many times in the Bible. Money is a part of life, and God is a part of everything we do.
I pray daily for God to help me with my business and my programs that I create to help other presenters move their audiences. For four years I have been working on my new Secrets of Storytelling program. Recently, when I launched the program, I went out on a limb and invested over $20,000 in creating and launching it. Over the course of the past decade, I have launched many programs, and the data has been remarkably consistent and clear. To help you understand, the first day of the launch is always the second biggest day, and the last day of the launch always doubles the first day. Like clockwork, every time.
What does this have to do with God? A lot. I leveraged all that I had with the intention of getting the program into the hands of the people it could help. Good intentions do not, however, always mean expected results. Though I do think some kind of good does always come out of good intentions, it just may not be in the manner or category we expect.
After the first three days of the launch, it was clear, based on the historical data of my launches, that I was not going to come even close to getting my original investment back, and unless I borrowed money, my own home mortgage would be in jeopardy this month. Even if I doubled my sales on each of the last three days, I would barely break even. Then, feeling defeated, I remembered hearing Joel Osteen tell a story of Mary and Martha’s asking Jesus to help Lazarus.
“‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.'”
So, I prayed about that. Knowing full well what my historical data has been, I turned it over to God. To say that my last three days were astounding would be an understatement. The last day of the launch was the biggest day in the history of my business.
What made it even more of a God thing and that told me I had to share this in a post was the fact that I had told this story to my girlfriend, Cathey, on the way to Easter service on Sunday. During the service, the pastor used the exact passage I mentioned above. In fact, here is the picture I took while sitting there astonished. My next level of faith is when these miracles happen, I’m no longer astonished, just confirmed. I’m still working on having mustard seed faith, faith the size of a mustard seed.
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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