It wasn't that long ago I realized the path that I chose for my business was taking me further away from the most important relationships in my life, God, my husband and our children. The person that I was becoming, was a person that I didn't like or admire. I started questioning everything that I was doing and if it was pleasing to God. I went through every aspect of my business, closed my eyes, and pictured myself standing in front of God on Judgement Day, and answering him as to why I did what I did. To really answer several of those questions, I had to turn to the Bible. I found that some of the things were clearly sins. I was extremely ashamed of myself.
Why am I not a good leader? I was a teenager when I was baptized and gave my life over to God and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. Yet, the path that I followed for many years wasn't one that was seaking the love and acceptance from God, but from people. I became the people pleaser that wasn't strong enough to stand in my belief to follow God. For years I was more concerned about being accepted by a clique, man, career or just anywhere in the world period. All the while constantly feeling that there was something better for me. It wasn't that long ago that I realized, that I was on the wrong path to accpetance. That the right path is the one that leads me to be accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven. Am I strong enough today to be a good leader? I am stronger in my conviction and love for God than I have ever been. But, a good leader, and child of God is going to keep on doing what God wants us to do despite who on this earth makes fun of us. As long as it still bothers me when people make fun of me, no I am not ready to be a leader. Am I prepared to keep doing God's work inspite of people making fun of me? Yes.
Why am I not a good business coach? This is actually not a cut and dry answer, as there are actually several different kinds of business coaches. It is by social media standards that I am not a good business coach because I won't teach someone how to become a social media icon or how to charity market. I question if God accepts the answer, "It is just business."
I have witness people worship social media icons. People dream about being like them, meeting them, having their money, homes, cars etc.
Exudos 20: 3-5 “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me -- I have witnessed over the years social media icons have been put on a pedestal of worship and people treat them like some kind of god. While a person who uses this to grow their business and views it as a business tool, I see the things it causes in people's hearts.
Why won't I teach charity marketing? The Bible doesn't leave much to question when it comes to this. Matthew 6:2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do–blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. We are to give and expect nothing in return. Charity marketing, is the opposite. Chairty marekting is giving to get free advertising, brand awareness, tax write off and more.
Does this really mean I am not a good business coach or leader? I guess that all depends on who you ask, or who you are listening to.