Find Your Calling

Find Your Calling
December 3, 2017 Gary Shotton

God has called everyone on this earth to a particular purpose or calling.  Finding your calling is step #1.  By Gary Shotton #000167

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Find Your Calling

By Gary Shotton

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Hello, my name is Gary Shotton, and you’re a part of these Inspiring Better Business videos and audios. I hope they’re helpful to you. And today we’re gonna talk about finding your calling. And, you know, when I say that right away I’ve got just to admit upfront here this is gonna be a video that’s more spiritual. I wanna talk about God. I’m gonna talk about God and his guidance in my life and how to be led by God in certain areas. So if you’re not inclined or in favor of that kind of discussion, you can go ahead and turn this off and just skip to the next one. I’m not trying to cram something down your throat. We strictly prohibit speakers from being preachers on our websites. There’s other teachings from that. But I will tell you that I’m confident that everything I say and everything that’s on our website is consistent with the word of God. It’s just not a preaching session with scripture and verse for everything we do. So with that said, I’m gonna talk about finding your calling. And you know, there’s this fine line in this that when we have children or even now my grand children, you can start seeing likes and dislikes, skills and maybe some things that they’re good at or some things they don’t like to do. I happen to be an engineer. My oldest son is an engineer. His son is an engineer. When he was two and three years old, you could just see it in him. He’s thinking like an engineer. That’s up to him to find how God had called him, what God has called him to do. Now, inside that, we have certain people that are called to be all kinds of professions, the gift of administration, the gift of construction. The temple in the Old Testament was built with craftsman that were gifted and anointed to work with steel and metal and cloth. The name, I looked it up, was called malaka. That’s the craftsman. That’s a Hebrew word for someone who’s skilled in everything from ladies that do seamstress work, because they’ve built this temple. So there’s callings and giftings. So I’m gonna move right into the calling of a business owner. I’m called, I know I’m called to be a business owner. And I will tell you that I didn’t start out that way. I needed to grow up. I needed to grow into some basic things of just life. So after graduating from engineering school, 4 1/2 years to get through school, I worked for the big oil company for about 9 1/2 years. It’s what I needed. It’s where I started developing some basic skillsets of working with people and being a team player and managing people, dealing with conflict, dealing with my own growth as an adult. And so then at the point that I moved on from that, I went and got some more detailed Bible training for two years, and that’s when I started my business career, my life as an entrepreneur, as a business owner. And I will tell you, in this process, there’s people that look at God. I’m talking about the business world. And I know some of them. I don’t have always the ability to talk into their life, and I believe God will maybe use me through this teaching. I don’t know. But basically, they kinda got God as their partner, as their co-pilot, as their helper, not in a good way. It’s kinda like they’ve got God only if I need them. I’ll do it my own way, but if I need you, God, I need you to be there, so I might even pay my tithes, I might even go to church. But you know, I’m gonna do my own thing my own way. But if I need you, I assure you need to be there and I kinda expect you to show up. One person call it’s the spare tire mentality, that you’re driving on the highway, your car, you don’t need a spare tire unless you have a flat. But boy, when you have a flat… Boy, the last time I had a flat, I had to figure out how to get the jack out, I had to get the tire out. Well, I’ve done this, but it’s been a long time because I didn’t need the jack for very long. Now, God is not our spare tire. He wants to be involved with us from day one on a daily regular basis. And he may take you a different path than what you thought you ought to go. I wanna go right to the top. I know some people, boy, they wanna go right to the top. They wanna own a $20 million business right now, real quick, real fast, probably it’s not gonna work that way. What I saw God in the Old Testament and the New Testament, a lot of times He takes us through a period of time that he asked us to do something, what isn’t that favorable, isn’t that stylish. It’s not prestigious to do some things that God ask you to do. He’s looking for obedience. He’s not looking for you to take him along as the spare tire. He’s looking to see whether you’re gonna be willing to continually look to him and take you. He might take you through the mud just a little bit, just to see what happens. I know a situation where a young couple was about to get married or thinking about getting married. This world of some TV reality show, that’s not real. You want to see your spouse in a pretty negative situation. They’re not negative, but in a awkward situation where things aren’t rosy and see how this is really gonna work out before you get married. There’s a little married advice to you. But basically, God took and takes us through things that we don’t really necessarily think that cool. Let me give you my example, okay? I graduate from a very well-known engineering school. I’m working for a big oil company. And I feel God’s leading that I should give up that job and go to Bible school. Now I gave up the job for just a leave of absence for nine months, but I never went back. But I gave up the job, thinking I’m gonna have a new job at my new city because I’ve got almost 10 years experience. I got a nice degree from a major company, a major university. But I get there, there’s no job. What am I gonna do? I had to humble myself and load furniture. I’m talking a sofa, a chair, the dirty mattresses, pack stuff. Anybody can do that. And I felt very, very inferior at that point. I’ll be honest with you. The first 30, 40 business jobs that I moved, I’m moving these people, I wanted to remind them. “Hey, I’m willing to do this. “I’m really an engineer. “I’m really a high-paid, “I’m really an important person.” They didn’t wanna hear that. They just want their furniture moved, so I just shut up from there. There’s people that still don’t know that I’m an engineer, because I just don’t talk about it. That took me through, and I can’t believe, 17 years of humbling myself, balancing a tough budget, making ends meet, working with, not never at one time, but always about 75 employees, but over a period of the years, I had 750 different employees. I had people that embezzled from me. I had people that didn’t show up a time for work. I had people that cheated me. I had customers that didn’t pay me, didn’t wanna pay me, and never planned to pay me. I had to be a truck driver. I’m currently a truck driver. Those are not bad occupations. But compared to me and what I thought I could be as a successful engineer in a big oil company, I humbled myself. I just said “God, whatever you want me to do “I’m gonna make this work. “I’m not backing up.” And that’s where I learned my skills. It was there that I learned my business skills to own and buy, really buy a company of this size, very large, much larger business, and own and manage a company with 60 employees. God took me through that. Now, he’s not necessarily gonna take you through all that. He might take you a different route. But is God your spare tire, you pull Him out when you need Him, or is he actually your headlight? Is he the light that you’re following, wiling to do thick and thin, good or bad, prestigious, not prestigious, whether I want to or not, day or night. I work sometimes 80, hours a week. That’s possible. There’s only 168 hours. So I only slept a little bit. But I had to, because I had to get something done. Now I’m not doing that now I tell you, but I do now what it’s like. So I hope this helps you. I hope you’ll make God the light unto your path, the headlight ahead of you. You join up with Him, don’t ask Him to join up with you. Thank you for listening. I hope this is helpful to you. I sure hope I can reach out to you on a personal basis as well. Thank you.
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Gary Shotton
Founder | IBBTalks.com
The founder of IBBTalks.com which was formed to "Inspire Better Business."
As an astute businessman, he is passionate about helping others in the business world achieve maximum profits. He has a keen interest in international business. www.InspiringBetterBusiness.com
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