I have only been fired from two jobs in my life. The first boss to fire me was my nine- year-old brother when I was 11 years old. My brother has always been a go-getter and a business-minded young man. In fourth grade, he started his own newspaper route. He was excellent with money and had wonderful customer service skills. He was in high demand.
Needing extra money, I asked my brother if I could help with the prep work. He agreed to let me assist him and to pay me for my efforts. For the first couple of weeks, I would wake up without complaint. I recall sitting on the cold floor, helping my brother roll over 100 papers and deliver them prior to going to school.
One may assume that having a paper route is easy work, but it is a hard job.
It meant waking up at 5.a.m in the morning, stuffing ads into the center of each newspapers. You had to fold the paper into thirds, then close it with a rubber band. On rainy days, you had to place each bundle in a plastic bag after folding it. I can still remember the ink print staining my hands.
However, one morning when my brother came to wake me up, I refused to get up. I told him I wasn’t going to work that morning. I rolled back over and went back to sleep.
Later on that morning, I woke up to get ready for school and discovered there was a note on my bedroom door. My brother read me the riot act and said I was fired.
WOW! I can’t believe that my own brother fired me.
My parents thought it was hilarious. To this day, both of them will still crack up with laughter about the day I was fired by my brother.
Being a businesswoman has never really been on my radar. Working with children has always been the goal. I believed I would work for someone else for the rest of my life. No aspiration to be my own boss, an entrepreneur.
Yet God called me out of my boat of security to come walk on the water with Him. (<=== Click to tweet) To go on an adventure with Him I could never conceive or dream of on my own. To use my hands and feet to serve orphans through the arts.
Following your God-sized Dream, is really scary, but exciting, all rolled up in one.
Over the course of this past year, God has been stretching me to think outside my narrow box of my skills and abilities. He keeps reminding me that through Him I can move mountains and do amazing things for orphans.
Through prayer and weekly God-sized Dream team link-ups God gave me the idea to start a business called Clothed in Love to fundraise for orphans. God inspired me to make handmade jewelry to sell and use fifty percent of the proceeds to sponsor children in Africa, Central America and South America.
As with anyone starting a business, there are ups, downs, and lessons to be learned. There are days when I question if I have the skills and ability to follow this God -size Dream placed in my heart. There are moments when my fears sound louder than my faith.
But there is a peace that comes from choosing to dance a waltz with God.
There’s a rhythm and movement that has you gliding poetically through life. When you allow God to lead, you will find you can do some pretty amazing steps. Can you Him hear whispering to you, “Come dance with me”? (<==== Click to tweet)
Say, yes girl – it will be the greatest dance of your life!
Shared by: Delonna Gibbs
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