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10 Spiritual Lessons from a Busy Summer

A friend and reader of EntreWorship mentioned, “I haven’t heard from you in a while.”

While I’m glad at least one person noticed, it makes me sad that, 1) I haven’t had time to write for EntreWorship more, or 2), I haven’t made writing a priority. The first reason is an excuse and the second is a leadership deficit.

EntreWorship began as a way to help me think through how God wants me to glorify him through the work I do through Aespire, a digital marketing agency I founded 24 years ago.

It’s not that I haven’t been writing —I recently published The Clarity Manifesto — 12 principles to help organizations align purpose and people for brands and business culture.

I have been attentive in all the conversations and events I’ve attended, paying attention to what I hear and read. I trust you will find encouragement from at least one of these insights:

  1. From a prayer shared by my friend and pastor, “May we live lives that other people want to write about.” Reminds me that I want my life to be “a story worth telling.
  2. Obedience is not only about how we show God love and to please him. Our obedience is how God works through us to accomplish his purpose and plan. Blessings are an added benefit.
  3. Reading through the Old Testament, guided by the ReadScripture app: God’s love for you is as passionate and strong as his love for Israel. As an adopted son or daughter through Christ, God’s love for you runs just as deep.
  4. When the Apostle Paul talks about the virtues of love in I Corinthians 13, the first virtue mentioned is patience. I think there is a reason for that.
  5. When you begin to build (or rebuild) your business, be encouraged by this idea from the book of Zechariah 4:10 — “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”
  6. Surround yourself exclusively with people who care as much as you do about the work you do, the clients you serve, and the difference you make.
  7. When you can align profit and purpose to make a difference, you are in a place of power and influence.
  8. Remember what God repeats to the reluctant leaders of Israel: Be strong, be strong, be strong. Be courageous, don’t be afraid. My Spirit remains among you. Now get to work, for I am with you. (Haggai 2)
  9. Don’t be frightened: When the disciples were freaking out during a storm on the sea, they forgot that Christ was also in the boat with them.  When God is in the boat, do you think he will allow it to sink?
  10. Don’t sacrifice impact on the altar of legacy. When God leads you in a different direction, follow fearlessly.

Last thought: Inspired by this photo from a dilapidated gas station in Nashville, TN, we all have to ask ourselves, “Who are you and why are you here?” It’s the core question I ask people and organizations to answer every day.

The question we all must answer: Who are you and why are you here?

PS: Do you have time for one more book this summer? I recommend “The Circle Maker,” by Mark Batterson. It’s chock-full of spiritual clichés, but read past them for a fresh perspective on persisting on prayer.

PPS: OK, two more books: I also recommend reading. “Building a StoryBrand: Clarify your Message so Customers Listen.”  As a certified StoryBrand Guide I can help you talk about your business in a way customers really understand.

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