I’m constantly cheering my son on, praising him for his accomplishments, and even cheering him up when he fails.
I’m not naturally a cheerleader, and my father wasn’t a cheerleader, so I didn’t have it modeled in my life. It wasn’t until I read books on parenting that I discovered that I needed to constantly be letting my son know that I’m proud of him. It does something for his self-esteem.
What’s fascinating is that my mom was a huge cheerleader in my life, yet something was missing because my father didn’t. It’s almost like it didn’t matter who else praised me – if my father didn’t, then anywhere else would fall short of filling that need.
Listen, we also need to hear praises in our business and marriage. It fuels the business; it gives passion to the marriage. Praises are a powerful source of energy that we all need.
But our earthly dads are no longer in the picture. Sure, they may still be alive, but that need for praise and approval we get from dad was in our early years.
Now…now it’s time to seek the praises of our heavenly father.
We entrepreneurs often go about our days checking how many likes our post got, how many people opened the email, and how many new signups to our business. And then we get home, and we want our spouse to tell us how proud they are of our accomplishments and for our children to come up and thank us for laboring all day to bring the food to the table and keep the lights on.
Or even worse, we seek approval from people we don’t even like! How many of us dream of the day that we make more money than that competitor that always seemed to beat us for contracts?
If we want to experience breakthroughs in our business and marriage, we should seek the praises of our Heavenly Father only – not our spouse, children, employees, vendors, contractors, or competitors.
The bible says
Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God. (John 12:42-43 NIV)
Even the biggest religious leaders at the time of Jesus were caught up in pleasing others.
You’re not alone. This is part of the enemy’s plan to take you off your game, distract you from your calling and have you living a life that doesn’t follow God’s will, but instead the world’s will. And this is precisely why you’re in the situation of needing a breakthrough in your business and marriage.
But we’re going to fix that… TODAY!
So the formula is for us to get our praises from our heavenly father, right? So how do we get His praises?
We start by seeking and implementing what His will is for our business and marriage.
We have to uncover the purpose of it all. We have to understand that our business was allowed to be created because the creator of the universe wants to use it for His purpose. We have to know that the marriage to our spouse was meant for more than just sex, companionship, and sharing of responsibilities.
When we discover what our business and marriage was born to do, and we live and live doing just that, we are implementing God’s will for our life, and the praises come down from above!
But we must let go of any idols we’ve brought into the office or bedroom. The business or marriage itself can become an idol we’ve placed above God! Our children and employees can become idols that we worship more than God.
When we put God first in our business and marriage, and follow His will, we will not only have a fulfilled life, but we will obtain the praises of the Heavenly Father – praises that our earthly father was only supposed to give in our youth while we couldn’t comprehend what God was…but now we do. Now it’s on us, not on our parents’ past shortcomings.
God expects us to be doing what He created us to do. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I rest my case. If we’re not doing what God created and designed us to do, then this Bible verse is wrong, and the whole Bible is wrong. We know this isn’t the case 😉.
Godpreneurs, let’s start today by listening to our hearts, asking God how our life can be used to give Him praise. We need to stop living a self-fulfilled life seeking the praises of man, and let God begin to use our businesses and marriages for His purpose! Then we’ll receive God’s praises, and we’ll begin to experience the breakthroughs we’ve been seeking in this season.
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs constantly ask God to reveal how we can be used by God and receive His praises in our businesses and marriages.