Self-Made Man

Self-Made Man
October 14, 2018 Gary Shotton

Claiming to be a Self-Made Man is normally based on a high level of business and financial success. Eternal success is based upon the Lord’s help and involvement by Gary Shotton #000237

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Self-Made Man

By Gary Shotton

Hello, my name is Gary Shotton and I’m glad to be a part of Inspiring Better Business, today we’re going to talk about a subject “Self Made Man”.  Wow! that’s some tough three words I’m here talking today being a little vulnerable to you sharing some of my personal attitudes, styles, and habits. So bear with me here because this is not always the easiest thing to do, first of all if you knew me very well you would know that I’m kind of a take action guy, I want to not sit around and wait too long, if I make a mistake it may be just a little bit because I decided to do something too early rather than to wait long enough to see it play out. That’s just a little bit of my style, I’m not overly bent in that direction but a little bit, so I defend myself a little bit because I’ve seen Christians in the third-world countries that they’re just waiting for God.

I’m saying take some action, please take some action because God can’t act on your thoughts and your hearts and your diet desires, but he can act and help based on your actions. So, there is side of calling the coin that says “hey don’t just wait and pray, take some action” but on other side that’s what I’m going to talk about here is don’t take action too quick, don’t be overzealous without consulting the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in those actions .So, you don’t get ahead of God this is lessons going to be tagged in the biblical perspective, side of things so you’ve got to know that there’s two sides of that coin. I’m trying to balance this other side that maybe I’m a little lacking on, I’ll just be honest with you a little lacking.

So, let me tell you the story what prompted the idea of “self-made man” it’s a reality show, it involves some reason to be in the backyard and Inter very interviewing the parents of a particular lady, this man was obviously a proud man and it was clear that he had a very large and very nice expensive home, very nice backyard and in that he had commissioned somebody or bought a large statue called “self-made man” and it was clear by his actions,  thoughts and attitude that he was somebody that  believed and felt confident that he had started with nothing through his hard work, hard labor, his efforts no one else really helping him he made it on his own. He made the career and success because of what he did, self-made man.

Well, when I heard that I said all that’s really dangerous because you know God is a source of our success, God allows us to breathe the air we breathe every day he brings us into this earth and we’re going to leave this earth at some point based on what we’ve done, and I just pray for that man that he realizes that he’s not a self-made man. You see if  you’re not in my case if I’m not consistently tied in connected in daily connection with God I can lean over into that attitude of self-made, I did it on my own and the balancing fact I think is for us to have quiet time each day, seat time, personal time get alone time with God time and I’ll be honest with you mine has not been perfect I wished I could tell you I’ve been 25 years of every morning spending quiet time but the truth is you can check with my wife that’s not true, I have spurts I go, I am better at sometimes than other times and I will tell you the time that I’m best is when things are tough when things are going great and easy. I kind of tend to slack off I’m being vulnerable to you I’m just telling you that I’m not as consistent as I want.

To me and with this teaching, I’m teaching to myself as much as to you I hope you and that tough times will bring in my case be back to the reality, I need God in everything I do it isn’t that I drifted all the way but it isn’t that I wasn’t as close as I wanted to be. It’s like a friendship that drifted away it’s he’s with me, God’s with me but not as close as I would have liked, and he wants to be close to me. So, it realized that the last thing I want to believe for is tough times and thus I have to get back close to God, the better thing to be is just close to God all the time. So, I’m working on it in progress recognize when you’re wanting to have this quiet time, seat time and there’s read Bible on my phone, the unfortunate thing is there’s so many other things that are on the same phone you can check an email, you can get a text you can look at your schedule, you can do Facebook, you can add thousand things will come into your mind when you start looking at your phone. So, there’s a risk in my case it works well for me to have it on my phone, but I have to discipline myself, I know that if I don’t do it the first thing in the morning before I do other things that I’m going to get sidetracked, and so there’s no exact formula.

Now for you to do this, I’m not saying do what I do I’m just saying you and your own right in your own way as a business owner, as they want to be business owner you better relate and connect to God daily. I’m going to do better in my case it happens to be the best seat that I get sat in the seat of my pickup truck and the best time, is first thing in the morning and the best place is someplace on the side of the road in a quiet place not just on the side of road, no on a place where there’s a quiet place where I can park my truck and I use my light on my phone and I read certain things from a meditation book and then I can buy little backlit I can read the Bible for a while, there’s no magic amount of time either you’re going to have to decide you’ll know whether that’s enough for that day but I’m attempting now to be very consistent.

Now for the rest of my life to have that quiet time there’s no formula, I know that if I try to do at the end of the day, I’m a person that falls asleep easy. So, I’ll be reading, and I’ll not be thinking and it’s – I’m tired at the end of the day. So that’s not a good time for me I’m suggesting that you pick a time, that’s a place I’m suggesting it may not be at your desk at work because of all the interruptions, but that’s up to you and I’m suggesting that you join with me and make a new commitment maybe you’re already doing this fantastic. I’d like to hear from you but many of us are struggling with that, I believe and I’m going to do better I’m telling you before God and mankind right now I can do better, and I will do better and making it known to the world that I’m desiring to repent.

It is not a bad word, isn’t that I sinned it’s just changing my plans I’m going to do something bad; a bit do something different I’m going to go in a different direction and I’m going to be more committed to this, on a regular basis join me if you would. Well, I hope this helps, I hope you see this is part of owning a business, you’re responsible for a lot of people and you could be responsible for a lot of people. So, the burden is even on you more than other people so be connected with God join me in. We thank you very much.


  1. Tim 4 years ago

    ALWAYS good stuff. Good to meditate and consider at length.

  2. Gary 4 years ago

    Thanks for your transparency. Yes I have struggled with this too until recently when I read a book called The First Hour for Men by Mark Koch (I think that is his name) This book has transformed my life and I really believe it can help us guys who are motivated entrepreneurs. We realize that we have to do it and make it happen but being a christian businessman we quickly forget that it all starts with God and that’s how Satan can get us at a disadvantage. All the hard work we do and planning we make can be messed up in a minute when the devil gets in. Anyway it is a 30 day work book of prayer and bible study that covers all areas of our lives. I have given this book to several young guys but have not gotten any feedback yet. I think what I may do is get a group of young guys together once a week for 4 weeks to finish the 30 day workbook and then follow up once a month for 3 or 4 months. This could change these young entrepreneurs endeavors and lives by having a good habit of punting God first in everything and being deliberate about their time and devotion to hearing God and getting his lead on their day. Just some thoughts. I challenge whoever reads to read the book and do the work to get your daily devotional time in sync.

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      Gary Shotton 4 years ago

      You have some very good thoughts on this subject.
      I have great respect for you and for you steadfast Christian walk.
      Gary Shotton

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