I already have everything I need.
“But when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites was moving against you, you said to me, ‘No, we want a king to rule over us—even though the Lord your God was your king.”
- 1 Samuel 12:12 (New International Version)
Back in 2014 I came to a fork in the road. I could either go get a basic, desk job that paid the bills while I focused on building my freelance design business or go get what I thought was my “dream” job. I got the dream job. Hated it. Not because the job was terrible, but because I was born to be an entrepreneur and I would never be completely fulfilled working for someone else. Now I’m back to focusing on my business. Besides being foolish enough to think I could actually build my entrepreneurial empire while advancing a career in advertising, I chose the dream job route because I believed I still had so much to learn before I could really launch out on my own. (Sidebar: Boo, you have a degree. You’ve learned enough.) Looking back though, I was so naive about so many things. Three years later, however, I still wouldn’t know enough. There comes a point where you just have to go with what you know and have the courage to learn along the way.
I wouldn’t take back my time in advertising because it taught me a TON, but when I think about what I could have accomplished by now had I kept on going in 2014, I cry a little inside. Just like the Israelites were looking for validation through having a king like the other nations, I honestly thought I needed the validation of more job experience. The reality was, God had already given me million-dollar ideas, strategy and connections to make them happen; I didn’t need anything else but to do the work. I’m so glad He takes our wrong turns and creates new paths with them though! Hashtag recalculating!
Sometimes you think you need to do something because other people are doing it, even though you’ve got the best thing going already. Stick with you. Trust the stuff God has already started in and for you.
Further Reading // John 10:1-18, Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 16:3, Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5