Are You Still On The Right Path?

The Right Path?

Have you ever made a significant decision to follow God’s lead to do something out of the ordinary? Have you ever taken a large risk because you knew down deep that God was calling you to do it? If so, were you willing to persevere even when the path turned difficult? Did you decide to dig down and stick it out no matter what happened, because you just knew you were on the right path?

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Focused On The Goal

Most business owners and leaders are in their positions due largely to their personality type. We are most often driven and ambitious to some degree. We like to push the envelope and often want to try out new ideas. We are not usually afraid of bucking the trend at least a little.

When we are applying these qualities to integrating our Christian faith into our businesses, we have the advantage. Often, the Christian walk is a difficult one, especially when done in the business world. So, our strong personalities serve us well and keep us focused on the goal.

Not The Right Path?

But what if we are not on the right path? What if we started on the right path, but God wants us to stop or change directions? Because of our ability to focus and eliminate distractions, we can miss Him speaking to us. In that case, we need a wake-up call.

A Friendly Introduction

Roughly seven years ago, a friend introduced me to a preacher from New York named Julio. At the time, it had been a long, hard year since I had turned our business upside down as a result of God’s leading.

The path was the most difficult I had ever experienced and I was struggling. At the same time, I had a core-level commitment to continue regardless of the circumstances. I was laser-focused on seeing it through. I had no doubt I was on the right path.

At the same time, I was so focused that I was not willing to listen to outside input. I knew what God had called me to do and I was going to do it. Truly, I was not concerned with the consequences as long as I accomplished what God wanted. While this can be a good mindset in some ways, in other ways it can be dangerous.

My Wake Up Call!

Enter Pastor Julio. He and I talked (more me, less him) for more than an hour about all that had transpired over the past 12 months. He listened intently and probed lightly to better understand what I was saying. At the end of the one-sided conversation, he asked if he could make an observation. I told him I was all ears!

He proceeded to tell me that he truly believed God had called me to make the changes I made. He agreed with my determination to persevere despite the tough conditions. But then he told me that he thought I was missing a key ingredient. He told me that it appeared I had…

To Be Continued…Friday!

Have you been in a similar situation?

What do you think Pastor Julio told me?

Based on what you have read so far, would you have any advice for me?

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  • Lyle Daniel

    Looking forward to Friday’s post.

    • Chris Patton

      Thanks Lyle! Sorry to leave you hanging…

  • TNeal

    You’ve exemplified the fine art of hooking the reader. Inquiring minds want to know what Pastor Julio said.

    Seeking godly counsel certainly helps us know the right path to walk. Your story suggests that was a missing element as you struggled with the changes.

    • Chris Patton

      You see clearly!

  • Aboundinggraceprisionministry

    I think most everyone that has went forth in doing Gods will for there life has found they
    run into difficulties.
    I believe that sometimes God allows them to come so that we can learn from them, and 
    also to see if were going to keep on keeping on.
    Just the other day God opened a door for me and the time when I have to be at this location is going to cause a problem with my work schedule.
    I know that God will prepare the heart of my employer, so that when I ask to leave a 
    few minutes early one day a week it will not be a problem.
    It is always better to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit then to listen to 
    our self. I thank God for the Wisdom and insight I get from Christian Faith at Work and
    the witness it is to other businesses.
    Always be stead fast in doing the things God asks of you and I encourage you to do as 
    Paul did and fight a good fight and keep the faith as you walk through  the valleys and 
    mountain tops, in the difficult times don’t give up always remember God is there with

  • bradleyjmoore

    It’s funny that often we unload to people who we want to confirm our own points of view. Sounds like (maybe?) Julio is about to offer up something new and different. Will you listen? I bet you do.  Cliffhanger!

    • Chris Patton

      You are on the right track! Thanks Bradley!

  • Chris Patton

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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