Don't take God out of the equation

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[vimeo id="75539585"] We put too much pressure on ourselves when it comes to getting to the next level

Young leaders are constantly looking for ways to open doors for a new career opportunity or to add an important project to their portfolios. They stress about making the right connections and learning the things that will set them apart from others. Essentially, they work as much as they can to get to the next level.

As leaders experience success, their intensity increases as they climb up the ladder of leadership. They look for critical opportunities that will take them to the top. They work countless hours, establish as many connections as possible, and exhaust all of their time and energy to “make it” as far as they can.

Although these practices in and of themselves aren’t wrong, they become wrong when we stop there—when we leave God out of the equation. If I focus solely on finding opportunities for self-promotion, I forget a key element in my ultimate life purpose. Even in church leadership, we sometimes forget that God brings us to positions of honor, and we become so caught up in pride that we forget God gave us our gifts in the first place.

As we try to figure out how to get to the “next level” in life, we should find great comfort in the fact that God ordains whatever leadership role I might take in the future. We should let Proverbs 16:9 be a reminder that His eternal purpose is at work in determining my success. It says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”

Does this mean we stop learning? No. The things we learn will become sources of wisdom for us. Do we stop trying to network? Absolutely not. Many times God uses those connections to place us in our leadership roles. The key is that if we dismiss God from the mix, we ultimately create a false sense of self-sustainability through our pride.

Whatever role you might have in the future, don’t forget that God can’t be taken out of the equation for life. That’s because He invented it and you—He will work the end result as you trust in Him.

Has there ever been a point in your life or your career when you’ve been tempted to take God out of the equation? How do you discipline yourself to stay connected to what He has for you?