Doubled chaos by PokornyHello, again! I hope you have taken the time to discover the desire God has given you for this season of your life (last month’s tip). That desire can be found where God has hidden it – in your heart. Surrender to God, and that desire will become a purpose that will not be denied (Job 42:2).

That desire will become your next assignment for His kingdom. Like the addition of a new product line, service or geographic area, your assignment will be an adventure. For me, it was a whole new career!!

Like most new business adventures, there will be training and transition; there will be challenge and… don’t run… CHAOS. Like many of you, I have experienced trial and tribulation and watched many go through it. This economy has given every business owner a taste of chaos.

The Bible calls these times in our lives transformation (1Corinthians 3:18). And it is here that we find the good news: Chaos is normal, and it is intended for our good. It is in chaos that we find faith and are separated from the character flaws that would dishonor God in our new assignment. It is during the transformation that we are trained and transitioned for the next adventure.

Marketplace Ministry Tip: Here are 10 keys to persevering through the chaos:

  1. Intentionally recognize the sovereignty of God; all He allows works to our good (Romans 8:28).
  2. Praise Him for His faithfulness (1 Peter 4:19).
  3. Come to terms with the ending of the old status quo; grieve if necessary (Isaiah 43:18).
  4. Recognize this is as much about your transformation as it is about your impending assignment (2 Corinthians 3:18).
  5. Stay focused on Him; distractions are your enemies (Luke 9:62).
  6. Choose daily to surrender, sacrifice and submit (Luke 9:23).
  7. Exercise your faith (Psalm 34:7-19).
  8. Get more relational with the Lord (Hebrews 4:16).
  9. Go with others (Psalm 133).
  10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).

Your servant and His forever,