Most likely, you’ve heard the phrase, “Let go and let God,” but it can be hard to embrace it despite the fact it’s printed on bumper stickers, consistently quoted by others, and proclaimed as a cheat sheet to success. Some argue the phrase has become cliché but I’ve realized anything that has reached a “cliché” status happened because it has actually worked for so many people. Letting go, also referred to as surrendering, can manifest in various ways and we’re going to talk about three of them today as you are making strides in your business:
Surrender Your Success
You are walking a tightrope whenever you believe your success is completely by your own doing. What happens when you don’t have the answers or the money to do what’s next? The truth is, God is who controls our success and protects our sanity as we reach it. Surely, there are some who reach monetary benefits in corrupt ways, but that is not success. I assume you are the type of businesswoman who wants a well-balanced life that includes love, peace, and abundance. You can truly have it all but God gives you a choice every day — surrender or don’t. He’s already shown that He’s conquered the world and beyond through Jesus so it’s your choice if you will trust Him or not. I’ve mentioned in previous articles that God is great at business! We are still learning but He knows it all so why not relinquish control so God can take over? Essentially, it lets you off the hook because you won’t have to figure everything out on your own, you can just look up and ask, “What should I do now?”
Surrender Your Story
Now let’s talk about your life journey, because success in business is only a part of it. Many small business owners now understand that it’s not just about the products they sell but about the story that is attached to their products. We fall into a trap when we try to control the story of our lives, too. This is another thing to give straight to God! We don’t know what tomorrow holds but with God on our side, it doesn’t even matter. The Bible tells us, going through struggles is a part of the human experience (John 16:33). Thinking we should keep our story to ourselves because it feels too embarrassing for others to hear is a demonic trick. We survive spiritual attacks by connecting with each other. Do not be ashamed to go through the fire and tell others about it! It spreads hope and, in turn, helps you realize you are not the only one struggling in a certain area of life. You and God are cowriting your story together but He knows the outcome and has plans to prosper you (Jeremiah 29:11). Embrace everything that happens in your life because it’s just another page in your divinely crafted storybook and it’s going to free those connected to it.
Surrender Your Heart
We can surrender our business and our story but surrendering our heart may be the toughest. We have feelings and it’s our animalistic instinct to protect them. In God’s kingdom, every moral thing seems to be the opposite of what our flesh wants to do. It seemed so counterintuitive when Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it,” (Matthew 16:25). Physically, without our heart we can’t live but spiritually when we give our heart to God, we find life and He gives our heart back to us whole (Ezekiel 36:26). When God cleans and restores your heart, you no longer care about how much money you are making because you know you are aligned with your life purpose. Alignment will pay your bills, keep your belly full, and grant all your wants and needs!
If you build the faith to surrender just in these three areas, you are going to be amazed at how much God moves for you and your business. Push through the hard part so you can get to the easy part of allowing God to sustain you. I have faith in you.
Sheridan C. Watkins is a journalist and the owner of Perennial Peaces, a jewelry and gifts brand focused on transcending self-worth to all women. Her true work began after climbing out of a dark place with the help of God and therapy and her life mission is to provide tangible peace through her Divine gifts to help women heal and transform their life. Follow the mission on Instagram and Facebook: @perennialpeaces