What I was trying to get across last night in a rambling sort of way is this:
Whether you are CEO of your home, or CEO of your own major corporation, We need to manage our lives with God's blessing over us.
You all have met my friend Beverly...she was on the show a few weeks back. She would often encourage me to pray, and seek God's blessing over the decisions I make in my life. She would say to be careful of giving birth to "Ishmaels" she would call them. Sarah knew that she and her husband were to give birth to a new nation. Afterall, that promise is what prompted her to leave her comfortable home and become nomadic. She'd already bought into the vision God had over her life. But, along the way, she got impatient over her inability to see that vision come to fruition--to bear fruit, so to speak. So, she gave over Hagar to Abraham in order to "force fruit." Instead she gave birth to Ishmael, and hated every moment of it. Her inability to be patient with God's own timing created a situation that would cause tension from there into eternity.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
11 The angel of the LORD also said to her:
"You are now with child
and you will have a son.
You shall name him Ishmael, [a]
for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward [b] all his brothers."
As we look over our lives, our goals, our dreams...and our present. We must approach God with our life's plan and receive his blessing. I find it exceedingly interesting that in the verse above that after this episode, Hagar names God...isnt that a wow moment in the Bible?
13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen [c] the One who sees me." (Genesis 16)
Do you know it too Sarah many more years before she was able to reach the clarity that Hagar has in this moment of desperation? Sarah names her son, Issac, "because God has brought me laughter, and everyone will laugh with me." In other words, others have counted me out so much that I had begun to count myself and God's vision out...and then...
" 1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised." (Genesis 21)
So, my sister Executives...the promise that God made over our lives is very real...and here are some very practical ways of dealing with our lives, enjoying it, letting go of Superwoman...and living the abundant life God intended:
1) Do not let worldly gain be your motivator. Remember, Jesus did not work for money, and he had the power to pull money out of a fish's mouth--go figure!
2) Do not worry about your "story" or your "history". Remember, Jesus died a criminals death, yet His story is a perpetual Best Seller, even more so that Harry Potter could ever hope to be.
3) Life happens on a journey, don't rush its ending.
4) God's timing is perfect--set your watch by him, not the one your office/kitchen desk.
5) By ourselves, we will fall short, seeking the Super--Superwoman, SuperStress.
6) Allow your life to be interconnected and interwoven with others. NETWORK SISTERS!
7) Do not allow the world to define your management style...if a 9 to 5 doesnt work, be confident when you propose something else--to your husband, to your boss, to your kids.
8) Life is full of possibilities and opportunities--seize them (pray first!) but seize them.
9) While, yes, it will end...lengthen it by treating Life well.
10) LAUGH REAL HARD EVERY DAY!
Those are my practical steps to being a Christian CEO! What are yours?