Let me just start off by saying that making this brand what it is and getting it to where it could be is a STRUGGLE. I’ve pushed it to the side many times because I simply did not feel like doing the work to get it where I want it to be. However, I expected that if I kept praying about it (but not putting my all into it like I should) it would magically grow.
How ignorant of me? Don’t get me wrong, @@we can have all the faith in the world. But if we aren’t working and doing our part in acting on our faith, it’s a dead thing@@ (James 2:17).
Daily I see my social media peers and associates who seem to be taking off like rockets. Their brands are growing, their audiences are faithful and they are collecting coins left and right. For months I would tell myself that’s what I want for my own brand. I would look at them and deeply desire to reach a level of success like theirs. The only thing was that there was a major difference between them and myself.
They were putting in work daily
I was being flat-out lazy
@@As women who say that we strive to live a successful and abundant life in God, we have a standard that we must uphold.@@ Laziness will never be part of that standard. Ever. So don’t even think about it.
We profess that we are disciples of Christ and doers of His Word… but if we aren’t putting in the work that He has anointed us to do, are we truly?
As I was flipping through my Bible looking for one thing, God stopped me to look at another. When I say that this hit me like a barricade of black Chevy SUVs in downtown D.C… It did.
Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” 11 Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. 12 We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. 13 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3)
If this didn’t make you think, then I don’t know what will. How many of us are guilty of this? We use the precious time God gives us on a daily basis to do absolutely nothing to work toward our goals. Or if we do attempt to give it a shot, we don’t give it our all. We can find ourselves with our eyes on the next man’s project and lose complete sight of our own. That is exactly what we SHOULD NOT be doing. We’re commanded to “settle down and work to earn [our] own living,” in the name of Jesus. How are you going to do that if you don’t even try? @@How can we expect God to take us seriously if we aren’t serious ourselves?@@ If we really think about it, we’re disobeying our Lord by choosing not to be proactive.
“Those unwilling to work will not eat”, is not a saying that was made up by some average Joe (although I really thought it was). This statement stems from the inspired Word of God. It is what it says. It also proves itself to be true. There is not one person on this planet at billionaire status who did absolutely nothing to get where they are. Even those who do not know God live by this principle. We have no excuse.
It’s time to check ourselves and put our feet to the pavement. @@God is going to bless us and give us what we need to get where He wants us and our work to be, but we must do our part.@@ We can’t afford to not be productive.
Accountability is key. In this same passage we are instructed to stay away from people who are idle-minded:
6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.
As you can see, other believers are not exempt from this. It is serious business.
God would not command us to do anything that has not already been done as an example for us or anything that would be too hard. We are fully capable in Jesus’ name!
Find a tribe who can help keep you on your toes and active in your pursuit for success. This is also why my brand exists, to help sharpen each other and push one another to our highest potential. You can easily stay connected by joining the Zealous Circle. A Zealous Voice is here for you!
If you’re hungry, do the work. You’ll thank yourself later.