In order for me to say yes to Jesus being my CEO, I had to pray about what He wanted me to keep in the life He had entrusted to me.
These are the things I laid at the altar:
- The house we lived in.
- The car I drove.
- My career.
- The private golf membership.
- Hospital foundation board spot.
- Committee at the YMCA.
- Working out M-F at 5:30am.
- Large office space.
- Working ‘till 6pm most days.
- The MBA in Financial Planning I was pursuing.
- Where to live.
Surprise—God got rid of almost the entire list except for my career, and moved us to the Bay Area from LA.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
All of these activities were outside of God’s will for my life. I learned that if we are not asking God what He wants us to do, we can get off track—even if we are going to church, reading the Bible, and going to Bible study class.
As you can see, I had to shed a lot!
I now had space to seek Him every day. My relationships improved. God also slowly got rid of the façade I had in LA, so that I’m more fully the person He wants me to be.
I am now running my race better—not perfectly—but much better and more efficiently than before. I learned God’s way is so much better than my way.
How about you? Did you have to shed anything in order to seek Him every day?