So You Think You Can Dance?

I was praying the other night about some direction regarding a particular client. I had been back and forth about whether or not to proceed in a certain direction with her and, as usual, was referring to my own logic and reasoning for assistance. When I finally got still and quiet enough to stop and ask the Lord for wisdom, His voice came almost immediately, stopping me in my tracks.

He said, “Stop trying to figure it out, and just let Me lead you.”

Instantly an image came to me of a couple dancing ballroom style. They move gracefully across the floor, with movements so fluid and elegant that it seems nearly impossible to imagine them dancing independently of one another. As he leads, she moves with him, her feet effortlessly keeping pace with his as her body follows his every move. They move as one. She does not look at her feet –  her eyes are looking steadily into his.

I got it. The next day, the phone call came that my client was willing to proceed in the direction I was leaning toward. It was her idea.

I am learning more and more to bring God into the everyday operation of my business. He is already there anyway, because He is in me. I am just learning to lean on Him more and let Him lead. He has flawless rhythm, He never lets go of me and the song we are dancing to is uniquely ours – His and mine.

In the marketplace, as in any other arena, simple wisdom remains the same – stop trying to figure it out and let Him lead. Perhaps this is easier said than done, but it is definitely worth it. Let’s dance.

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Hold My Calls

meeting in progress“Mary. That is such a simple, common name for a woman who in one moment quietly made a choice that placed her at the feet of Jesus, and who without a word demonstrated worship in its purest form. Surrounded by things that needed to be done and people who wanted her to do them, Mary set her gaze on the face of Jesus.”  

The above is an excerpt from a post entitled “Martha Gets a Time Out.”  I posted it in 2009 on my personal blog, Grace Notes. (read entire post)

I have been thinking a lot about this post lately, and about my own inner Mary. She is quiet and unobtrusive. She watches intently for an opportunity to come and sit at the feet of this Jesus. When she sees it, she rushes in, taking her place as close as she can get to Him. Eagerly she looks up at Him, her face revealing a heart that is a melting pot of deep adoration and a desperate, insatiable hunger for whatever His presence is dishing up right here and right now.

As a business owner, the demands on my time and attention are numerous. Distractions are everywhere and much must be done. But in the midst of the “stuff” of life and business, the same voice that gently reminded Martha that, “…few things are needed – or indeed only one,” is still calling my inner Mary to come and sit with Him and listen as He shares His heart. Here is where I find the freedom to sit quietly and simply be.

Hold my calls. I’m in a meeting.

 

Introducing Marketplace Mary

So here we are in the first few days of a new year, and I find myself starting a new endeavor. I have no idea where this will end up; but something has been stirring in my spirit for a couple of years now, and I cannot shake this persistent sense that now is the time.

It has been said that 2013 is the year of the woman. Well, I don’t know about that, but what I do know is that God has been grooming a generation of Esther’s for such a time as this. Women of various ages, races, economic backgrounds, church affiliations and cultural differences are being called out to step into the marketplace as Proverbs 31 women of influence who walk in wisdom and humility as they command the attention of kings and nations.

Who are these women? And where does that strength, power and authority come from? The answer may surprise you. Are you ready for this?

They are you and me. And this strength, power and authority come not from the ivy league, but from intimacy with Jesus.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what your past looks like or where you think your future lies. If you dare to step away from the measuring stick that this culture would stand you up against and learn how to embrace intimacy with the Lover of your soul, you will find that favor and strength will be yours. And you will find that as your inner Mary finds her place at the feet of Jesus, the Martha in you will somehow still be able to get it all done – and more.

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Perhaps. But if you are, like I am, ready to see greater blessing in your business and workplace, and if you have grown weary of trying to get it all done in your own strength, and if you miss (or have never experienced) true intimacy with Him, then I encourage you to join with me in this new endeavor – to intentionally pursue Mary moments in the marketplace.

How? We will discover that together. I have a little bit of an idea of how I would like to see that happen in my corner of the world (more on that soon). And I look forward to hearing from you about how you are bringing the heart of Mary into Martha’s world.

Let’s do this.