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In God We Trust?

In God We Trust

This past weekend, my pastor asked me to share a story about putting your trust in God vs. putting your trust in money.  Yes, it’s important to be responsible with our money and manage it wisely,  but only God can provide us with true peace and security.  I think this struck a chord with a lot of people, so I decided to put the story here on my blog.  If you’d like to hear the entire message, you can listen to it here. (My story starts at the 17 minute mark.)

When the recession began to take a toll on the economy in 2009, I’d been working for my family’s business for ten years.  I was the Vice President of HR & Accounting –a good job with excellent pay and benefits.  I was also part-owner with my Dad and brother.  My family business wasn’t immune to the effects of the recession.  Because I prepared the company financial statements, I knew exactly how hard it was hitting the family business.  There was a period of time when I was genuinely concerned that the company wouldn’t survive.

            To say that I was distraught and stressed out was an understatement.  My eye began to sporadically twitch uncontrollably; I had trouble sleeping, and was generally miserable.  My husband, Nick, and I both worked for the family business, so if the company closed its doors, we would be in a world of hurt.  Plus, the family business had been a part of my life in some way or another for twenty years.  I remember when my Dad started the company in the spare bedroom of our home when I was a high school freshman.  It almost felt like I was watching a dear family member slowly dying of cancer and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.

            One day, during this period, I remember driving to work and seeing the company come into view.  In desperation, I cried out to God, “God, you said you would always take care of me!”  He answered me very clearly: “I will always take of you.  I never said that the family business would take of you.”  I was dumb-founded.  I had never considered any other career path for myself.  My plan was that my brother, Jim, and I would take over the family business when my Dad fully retired and we would eventually pass the reins on to the next generation of owners.  The truth was, I made my career plan and asked God to bless it.  I never prayed and asked him what HIS plan was for my career.  I was trusting in the family business and the income it provided me, not trusting in God to take care of me.

            The tide of fear and stress that threatened to crush me pulled back as I dared to consider how else God might provide for me.  Shortly after that day, as I confided in my career coach the financial woes of the family business, I was asked a very important question: “If you could make the same salary you’re making right now, but could have any career you wanted, what would you do?”  I didn’t even blink.  “Financial Coaching,” I answered.

            So, I officially started my own company, doing financial coaching part-time, while still working at the family business.  I found myself really enjoying it and wanting to do it more and more.  After two years of part-time coaching, I resigned from my position at the company and became completely self-employed.  I know that I am doing exactly what God wants me to do as a “Financial Lifeguard” I’m throwing a life-line to people who are drowning financially and need someone to get them to a safe place so they can catch their breath and then learn how to “swim.”  I’m making less money than I used to, but God is blessing and growing my business slowly but surely.  I have a deep-seated sense of peace and joy, and I feel more fulfilled than ever. 

            I’m also happy to report that my family business not only survived the recession, but also is poised to have its best year ever in 2014.  I’m glad that the company will continue to provide a good income for my Dad, my brother, and the other employees – most of them like family to me.  If you looked at my decision on paper – considering my salary and ownership income from my family business – you might say that I made a BIG mistake.  But my trust is in God now, not in a job, or in my family’s business. I know He’s going to take good care of me.  And you can’t put a price tag on that.

            Maybe that’s why our Founding Fathers put “In God We Trust” on our money – so that we wouldn’t forget who’s really providing for us.

Spread the Word!
Christine Luken
 

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) - October 3, 2014

I am happy for you that things went well in 2014. Hopefully you have an even better 2015!

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Debbie L. - October 3, 2014

Congrats on following your path. It is a huge jump – I know I took the leap and I am happier than I have ever been.

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Lois Alter Mark - October 3, 2014

Glad your business is doing well and hope it continues that way!

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Jennifer B - October 3, 2014

It is so true that we should put our trust in God more than we put it in money! I am thrilled for you that your business is going well too!

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Mama to 5 BLessings - October 3, 2014

Sounds like a great sermon. HE is our ultimate provider. HE uses resources to provide for us, when we doubt or try to do things on our own we are not trusting HIM. Great post!

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Alisha Kostiuk - October 3, 2014

So happy for you that you had a wonderful year. Hoping that 2015 is just as great!

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Pam - October 3, 2014

THank you so much for sharing your story. I am going through a difficult time right now and this story really touched my heart and made me remember God is in charge.

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Elizabeth Towns - October 3, 2014

As I look at your business and trust in God, I think of how many people have been blessed because of your crying out to God that day, and how many life jackets you are throwing out to others who are crying out to God just like you did because of their own crisis and all I can see is how you made the greatest move ever. I believe God is going to bless you indeed and enlarge your territory. I am reminded of Jabez:
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”

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Diane N - Philzendia - October 3, 2014

Amen! Congrats on being self employed!

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Trisha - October 3, 2014

What and amazing and inspiring story. I’m so happy to read how things have worked out for you!

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AnitaB - October 3, 2014

What a great story! I especially could resonate with this as I have started many businesses myself and some rather impulsively. I just pulled a Canadian 5$ bill out of my pocket to see what we have on there, we don’t have any mention of trusting God. But we do have an image on there of people playing hockey, how Canadian! 🙂

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Janeane Davis - October 4, 2014

This is an interesting take on the idea of in God we trust.

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maria @ close to home - October 4, 2014

Thanks for the inspirational post, and glad to hear about your great year in business.

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WendysHat - November 23, 2014

This is so true and powerful! And to think all of the answers are right there on the money too! Happy you found a way.

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nicole - November 23, 2014

I am almost done paying off my vehicle, and I don’t intend to use credit for holiday shopping. 🙂

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Rosey - November 24, 2014

It’s funny when we come to that reckoning, isn’t it? Been there too. 🙂 Glad you had a great year.

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