Vision Part 3 Overwhelmed is a Normal Reaction
Stop Feeling Overwhelmed Over the Vision
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By Stan Washington
Sitting back and complaining about how someone was leading wrong was easy. I could see the flaw in the leader a mile away. Meanwhile, I kept doing “my” job as told by the leader. It was easy. But one day something strange happened. I was told I would be the leader of the group. I felt excited, then overwhelmed. I mean, what if I messed up? Entrepreneurs ask the same question. [b]Is GOD’s Vision for Your Business Wrong?[/b] GOD may have larger plans for your business than you expect. The first reaction is to question if you heard what HE said correctly. With no money, employees or knowledge of how to run a business, GOD may call you into business from that cushy job where it is safe and dependable. Just look at the Hebrews in Egypt. GOD saw how harshly they were treated and wanted them delivered from the cruel slavery they faced. “Go lead millions of people out of bondage” were the words spoken to Moses by GOD. After living a life of solitude in the desert for killing a man, Moses was told by GOD that he would lead the slaves out of Egypt (Genesis 3). Moses quickly felt overwhelmed and made up excuses. The best one was “I cannot speak well.” (Genesis 4:10) Was GOD’s vision wrong for wanting HIS people freed from Egypt? No. Was GOD wrong for choosing Moses? No. Is HE wrong for choosing you? No. [b]Other Overwhelmed Leaders[/b] Moses wasn’t the only person who felt overwhelmed. Naomi lost everything and had to lead people in the middle of her pain. She was so overwhelmed that she tried to send everyone away from her so she could just die alone (Ruth 1). Solomon was possibly a teenager when appointed King. He was so overwhelmed that he asked GOD for wisdom (1 Kings 3). [b]Cure for Being Overwhelmed[/b] After [color=#0074d9]quieting down to hear GOD[/color], He may tell you to do something large or small, depending on your relationship with HIM. If HE tells you to do something small, it is usually to see if you can handle something larger. The more faithful you handle the small, the more GOD can trust you with the large. But one day, GOD may call you to lead the large. What will you do then? After getting over the initial shock of what GOD wants you to do, take a breath and [color=#0074d9]start asking questions[/color]. GOD does not mind answering questions. Ask “Who do YOU want me to serve?” and “Where do YOU want me to serve? And “How can I do this with the resources I have?” HE is willing to answer these questions. [color=#0074d9]Act with faith and immediacy[/color]. Pray about the vision for the business HE has given you and [color=#0074d9]start breaking that vision apart into smaller pieces.[/color] Each smaller piece is called a “Feature” of your business. Instead of trying to think of all the features, just think of a few and begin working on them. Ask questions of the customers GOD wants you to serve. They will define how your product or service should look and act like. [b]Stay Organized[/b] Whether working on something small or large, write down what you will work on to ensure you will not miss anything. Mistakes are made because ideas are not thought out or flawed. When something is not working well with the business, the owner quickly questions GOD. “Are YOU sure I was supposed to be doing this?” GOD wants your confidence that HE is there with you. Slow down and ask HIM for guidance. Your trust in the vision for the business helps you to [color=#0074d9]take things one step at a time.[/color] Next I will discuss prioritizing the parts of the vision.