I chose The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday, for the November book of the month.
This book is a perfect transition into knowing the power of your position through your perspective when you know you have God on your side.
There are two definitions of perspective:
Context: A sense of the bigger picture, not just what's immediately in front of you.
Framing: An individual's unique way of seeing the world, interpreting it.
Ryan Holiday says, "The difference between the right and the wrong perspective is everything…where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action."
In the context of faith, this reminds me of the well-known verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7, "for we walk by faith, not by sight." I believe our perception of how God has positioned us, can change our perspective of where He is taking us.
At the beginning of the year, I didn't have a job. I was running low on my savings. I didn't know which direction I wanted to take my career. I didn't know where I wanted to live. All the most important facets that keep me grounded in my life felt as if they were just up in the air. God spoke very clearly to me, "You are not going back to work, so figure it out. You have six months."
I thought to myself, "I don't know what the heck that means, but I am still looking for a job." I drove down to Los Angles in the first week of January for a few interviews. I stayed with Mary-Elaine, the woman I lived with after college, and I repeated to her what God impressed upon me.
"Mary-Elaine, God told me I am not going back to work and that I need to figure it out."
"Then why are you going to these job interviews?" She asked.
"Because I don't know what 'figure it out' means, and I need a job." I said.
About two months later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and everyone was instructed to shelter in place until further notice.
"Oh…. That's what you meant, God."
"Well, what now?" I prayed, hopelessly.
Nobody was hiring. How long will this last? Why are people taking so much toilet paper? How much food should I store? Will I run out of money? Do I have to move home? How long do I have to stay there?
"What stands in the way becomes the way. Focus on the things you can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, and tougher. It's three interdependent, interconnected, and fluidly contingent disciplines: Perception, Action, and the Will," says Holiday.
God had already planted in my heart that I had "six months." This message sounded oddly specific. I didn't know what I had six months for and didn't understand why God was telling me this, but I knew that first, I had to figure out how to produce income for myself.
What am I good at that I don't hate doing? What are things I have told myself I want to do but never have had time to do? What else can I create that is in alignment with who I am and who I want to become? With the bigger picture in mind, I started thinking more strategically about building my life and my businesses.
Exactly six months later, June 22, 2020, I started my next position with Colliers International in a position I really enjoy; God blessed me with the means to move and live on my own; I finished my first book, What You Taught Me; started a marketing consulting business, Market Maven Consulting; and two blogs, Letters to God and Awakened and Aligned. My intention in sharing my story is not about my accomplishments. It's about knowing you have power in your position if you have the right perspective.
In this season, God repeatedly has shown me his faithfulness. Walking blindly in my faith and trusting in His promise has always pulled me closer to my purpose (even when I can't see it or understand it from the position I am in).
Because of my perception of how God had me positioned, I was able to focus more intentionally on where He was taking me. When the devil applied pressure, God applied my purpose. Instead of seeing obstacles, I saw more opportunities.
The obstacle is the way!
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