Where he leads, I will follow

This is a guest post by Lisa Smith.  Lisa is a gifted writer and speaker, and I have the privlege of working with Lisa  at Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas.  You can follow Lisa on Facebook.

Exodus 13:17 – “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them through Philistine country, though that was shorter, For God said, “If they face war (if they face difficulty or opposition) they might change their minds and return to Egypt (to the place of captivity).” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.

These words have been stirring in my heart and mind today, “Where He leads, will I follow?”  Will I follow the path He has chosen to lead me down or return to what I know to be comfortable and captive in my life? The interesting thing about God is His 1, 2 and 5 year plan doesn’t always look like ours and that’s simply because God doesn’t always take us the shortest route in achieving success and fulfilling our dreams.

Michael Jordan and Emmitt Smith were not instantly successfully. They put in many long hours of training to achieve the results they exhibited in their careers.  The same thing applies to us; God is calling us to prepare in season and out of season as we follow Him on the path He feels is best suited for us.  You may not be utilizing your gifts and talents to the fullest potential; don’t be discouraged, you have not arrived to your final destination yet. God has a plan and a route that will lead you to success.

I have listed a few key factors that you should consider while staying on the path God feels is best suited for you.

  • Don’t allow fear to hold you captive. Sometimes it’s appears easier to stay where we feel comfortable versus being courageous and moving ahead. (Exodus 14:15.)
  • Maybe you’re current position is less than what you dreamed of for yourself. If this is the case, ask yourself, “What can I glean from my current position?”  Maybe, it’s simply networking. Never underestimate the importance of building personal and professional relationships; for they can be a key asset that leads to much success down the road.
  • Don’t despise small beginnings. Remember Jesus came to serve, not to be served. You can be a college graduate and have the perfect resume, but if you have issues with attitude, you will only delay the process.  God always looks at the heart.
  • Erwin McManus says it best: “Talent without character and integrity is a dangerous thing.”   Reputation and character do matter! (Suggested reading: Uprising by Erwin McManus.)
  • Learn how to manage your finances. Without good stewardship success will be short lived. If you struggle in this area, I recommend Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey.
  • Finally, but most importantly make sure your relationship with God is your number one priority. Spending time with God in His word and in prayer is where true change and success take place. (Proverbs 3:6)

Will you take the long route or shortcut to success? My prayer is that your goal will be to trust God and allow him to map out the road He feels is best for you.  I promise you, success will follow!

Yes, where He leads, I will follow!