I mentioned in my podcast that I was training for a marathon. When I was on one of my runs, I came across this path that I began running down and then turned around because it appeared to end. I assumed that the sign at the end of this random dead end “path” was saying that you can’t trespass.
Then I decided to challenge my thoughts, assumptions, and the appearance of things. I continued to run a little bit further just to double check that this was really a dead end….OR it could be a path that would be really scenic and enjoyable for me to run on to break the mundane subdivision route.
As I continued this is what I found….
To my delight, there was a bend. This path did in deed lead to a scenic route along a creek and through some woods. How sad it would have been to have missed that blessing.
How quickly do we do that to ourselves in our careers, businesses, relationships, or life in general etc?
I have to confess that I recently lost an entire day because I allowed myself to be deceived by appearances. April 15 was the day of my big program launch. My business is growing at a faster rate than I alone can manage and keep up with. I had to hire an assistant. I was so excited and thrilled to finally offset the demanding details and delegate some of these tasks that I was getting buried in. This assistant is amazing and I would NOT have been able to meet my launch deadline without him.
Then launch day came and he disappeared. I thought maybe there was an emergency or that the internet was not working and that he would be back the following day. The next day came and still….nothing. Rather than keeping my peace and trusting that things would work out I panicked. I went online and did a bunch of research and received tons of negative information. By mid day I accepted the “fact” that my assistant disappeared because he was dishonest or that I was a terrible person to work for. Or both…
I worked myself up so much that I literally gave myself a headache. Let me tell you how far I allowed myself to go with this one “event” that happened…
My assistants disappearance meant that God can’t be trusted. He was the one that blessed me with the assistant in the first place and then allowed them to abandon me when I needed them the most. That made me question this whole launch, leaving my job and if I should have ever started this business in the first place.
By the end of the day I was literally thinking that I have to return to a traditional job because this was a big mistake.
Interesting story I told myself and believed. Why is it that we are so quick to believe the negative and the lies and reject the positive truth without a second thought?
It reminded me of my run and the picture I decided to take on the run that symbolizes exactly what we do to ourselves. We see something that appears to lead to no where and turn around…without giving it a second thought.
By the way…My assistant got back to me. He lives in a developing country where there are frequent internet and power outages due to extreme weather conditions. He had no way of contacting me.
I lost productivity, health, peace, etc…because I allowed myself to be deceived by appearances.
Today is a MUCH better day. I laughed at my ridiculous behavior and prayed that I would do better the next time something of a similar nature happens. I didn’t sweep it under the rug like it was no big deal, but I also didn’t condemn myself either.
The truth is, the behavior is very damaging. At the same time, I value the lesson and trust that I will recall this moment when I am tempted to repeat the same thing.
God is good. He can be trusted. He turns all things around for the good of those who love Him. I can now pass on my own silly lesson to you.
We are all human and either have done or still slip up every now again and do things like this.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to be deceived by appearances? What did you learn?