Have you ever wanted to do something significant with your life to impact the world for Jesus, but then God tells you to get a job?
When I first moved to Tennessee in 1985, it was a fresh start for me. The world was my oyster. Not even the sky was my limit. I was going to set the world on fire for Jesus.
After all, I had done my stint in the corporate world, selling copiers in the biggest city in Canada, and barely eked out a living. I knew I never wanted to do that again.
But driving westbound in I-40 through Nashville, TN one cold winter morning, the Lord drew my attention to a nondescript building I was passing by and told me “That’s where you’re going to work.”
Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was the leading copier dealer in the city. I cringed. I complained. I doubted.
But then, reluctantly, I went and applied for the sales position, and was hired.
I couldn’t fathom what that had to do with my destiny. I was a bit discouraged that God seemed to be ignoring my prayers to make an impact for Him, and was just putting me back in the secular world to scratch out a living.
I decided to pursue God’s Word and Wisdom to learn how to succeed this time. The next 24 months were a whirlwind of learning and applying Biblical wisdom to the sales process, setting sales records while working less than my peers, and after being promoted to management, leading several to Jesus.
But I really wanted to be an entrepreneur…
I remember the first time I heard that word. It had an exquisite mystique to it. I found it alluring, compelling, even magnetic.
I wanted to be one, as soon as I learned how to spell it correctly.
So, after two years back in the corporate saddle, (but this time succeeding more than I dared imagine), He gave me a specific word, releasing me from that job.
Little did I know, that His purpose was to let me discover that my ideas, even the good ones, were not necessarily His plan for my life. I never got that business off the ground. In fact, I ran out of money.
After seven or eight months, I was at the Sunday evening service where our pastor was preaching his heart out. In the middle of that sermon, he lobbed a zinger into the crowd and then carried on preaching.
“Instead of asking God to bless what you’re doing” he said, “Why don’t you ask God what He is blessing, and do that?”
That was a new concept to me. I was always trying to get Him to bless my ideas.
So I did what the pastor suggested. “God… What are you blessing?”
And right there in the church pew, He answered… “Psalm 68:11.”
Not knowing what it said, I looked it up. It read, “The Lord gave the Word and great was the company of them that published it.”
I understood His reply to mean that He wanted me to publish His Word, but I had never thought about publishing, nor had any interest in doing that.
So, I asked Him to give me an idea and I would do it.
That’s when God gave me the idea for a book of Scripture for your life, job & business, compiled in a very unique format (that I learned from Rick Osborne) that is known around the world as The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.
But how do you take an idea for a book, that ended up being over 300 pages, getting it printed, bound in leather and gold embossed and getting it to market, when you are wondering where your next mortgage payment money is coming from?
Over the next several blog posts and emails, I am going to unfold that story for you and how it became one of the best-selling Christian business books of all time with over 400,000 copies sold.
Because so many need to know how to turn a seemingly impossible dream into a present reality, despite having little to no resources and even less experience. So be watching for my next email or blog as I begin to share with you the real, behind the scenes story.
By the way, it’s Christmastime and I have acquired a stash of The Bible Incorporated AND finally got the audio version completed. I’ve got some very special pricing for you so CHECK IT OUT HERE.
As always, be fruitful and multiply because God is glorified when you bear much fruit. (John 15:8)