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Childlike Faith… in Business? My husband and I went to South Africa on vacation and while we were there we met our little grandson for the first time. It was so good being around a child again and I learned valuable lessons that deepened my understanding of what God talks about when He says to come to Him as one. When I start thinking about being childlike in the context of work, it can be a difficult concept to wrap my head around. Being childlike in a business environment is surely exactly what we don’t want to be? I agree! (or so I thought…) I was talking this through with my coach during a session the other day, and I realized that in some areas I feel very connected to God – everything flows and amazing results come from what I’m doing. In others, I’m stressed to my eyeballs and everything feels too difficult! “What’s the difference?” he asked me As I unpacked what Holy Spirit and I were talking through, I saw so many correlations between when my work is easy and the way I’d seen my grandson act. Childlike, worry free and totally dependent on someone bigger and stronger than me. This is what He unpacked for me 1. Delight Every morning Lucas would come bounding into our room at around 5am – full of the anticipation at seeing us. His delight matched ours as we heard his giggles approaching our door. The pure joy of seeing each other completely wiped out the fact that it was 5am! God is delighted to see you. You’re His beloved child and He eagerly anticipates being able to go through your day with you. Do you have a meeting you’re dreading? God is going with you, and will be present with you in the meeting. How does this change your perspective of the meeting? What is now possible? Pause and ask to feel His delight and hear His perspective on your meeting. (1 John 4:18) 2. Choice Whenever he was tired or wanted comfort, he would lift his arms and come sit in my lap. The tremendous feeling of love that overwhelmed me when I knew that he CHOSE to come sit by me was priceless. He chose because he knows he is adored and that I’d take the time to sit with him. God loves it when we choose to be aware of Him. God isn’t only our ‘emergency help’. He is with us always. As you go through your day, choose to turn your attention to God and talk things through with Him. Choosing to go to Him warms His heart and releases Heaven’s blessings. (Acts 17:24-28) 3. Guidance We went out to lunch and Lucas was getting restless waiting for the restaurant to open, so I took him for a walk. He wandered to a place where there was a long, enclosed corridor. I stood at the one end and let him walk all the way down to the end, investigating things as he went. On his way back, he decided to -try to navigate a trickier part and I moved closer so that I was within reach of him should he need me -in a bold move, he wanted to climb up an obstacle that would be a challenge for his little body, so I moved right next to him -as the obstacle got steeper and there was the potential for a nasty fall, I swept him up into my arms and carried him to safety. God’s got you. His attention is always on you and He will navigate you through obstacles and challenges that you can’t even see. He is truly working everything out for your good, so keep your hope anchored in that truth when you face rocky circumstances at work. When you’re facing a difficult decision or don’t know how to move forward, go for a walk and talk to Him about the issue. Sooner or later a thought or solution will pop into your head that you can act on (Rom 8:28) 4. Provision He didn’t even think about where provision was coming from, he simply trusted that it was coming. From that provision, we didn’t just give him what would sustain him, we gave him what would be good for him. When he wanted food, he didn’t hesitate to ask. God is our source, and everything else is simply a resource. Phew, this is typically a difficult one – especially in business. His promises are clear and true – He is a good Dad and will provide. Take communion and remind yourself of the promises in the Word, previous testimonies of how He has provided in your own life and stories you’ve heard from others too. All of these steps build faith that he’ll do it again! (Jer 29:11) 5. Being carefree Lucas approached each day as a new adventure, unburdened by yesterday’s worries. What was in front of him in this new day was what he wanted to investigate. God’s promises fill us with hope. Learning lessons from our past and focusing on looking forward to what God promises, helps us to have a hope-filled view of our work. We see influencing people and our industries with good. We see imposing situations that are way too big for us to handle – sorted out by God. We see possibility…everywhere. (Phi 3:13-14) Every now and then I’ll sit and remember the time we had with Lucas, and talk through with God what childlikeness looks like in my own life. It helps to re-set my thinking and see things from His perspective. Questions to ponder: – God, what does childlikeness look like in my life? – How do I run my business and go to work and implement that childlike faith into it? – How do I access the grace You give me every day? Please share your thoughts and let us know how you are walking this out by commenting below.
Lisa van den Berg hails from South Africa, via the UK, and has dedicated her over two-decade career to helping people achieve success. She has honed her skills in a variety of roles including systems implementation and management, coaching and mentoring, and customer care. She has worked for a wide range of firms from national IT consultancies to local not for profits, and across both business and church sectors. Lisa is the Director of ‘Heaven in Business Online’ where she spends her time creating and sourcing transformative teaching and case studies on partnering with God at work, for the online Community. Lisa, and her husband Frans, live in Redding, CA