Following God’s Pace Instead of Your Own

It’s
easy for us as Christians to lose track of God’s timing in our lives. Our
culture is driven, and we often fall prey to busyness. We work hard at our
jobs. We volunteer at church. We have hobbies and responsibilities around the
house. Some days there’s not much left of our time or our energy to keep our relationships
in order.

That
was true for Terry Looper. His goal was to become a wealthy businessman. He achieved
it through obsession. He did whatever it took to grow his company. He worked
whatever hours his business required. Back before voice mail, he’d come home at
night with so many phone call messages to return that they were falling out of his
pockets.

Matthew 16:26 says, “For what will it profit a man if he
gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (ESV).

Terry’s
wealth came at a high cost. His relationship with his wife, Doris, was
strained. By his own admission, he was a poor father. He would promise his
children a fun Saturday all week, then break his word because he was so
exhausted.

Before
long, his health suffered. His memory became fuzzy, and he struggled with
dizziness. The doctor told him his symptoms were due to stress.

Terry
nearly lost everything because of burnout. Something had to change. But what?
How could he change his lifestyle without sacrificing everything he’d worked so
hard to achieve?

Terry is with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Following God’s Pace Instead of Your Own” to share the dramatic story of how he turned his life and his business
decisions over to the Lord.

His solution was committing to work less and to
stop pursuing sales goals. Amazingly, he was
delivered from greed, became a better businessman, and had less fear and more
wisdom with business decisions. For 21 years, Terry has given half of his income
away.

Terry
says there is a correlation between learning to be still and life unfolding
well. He suggests four steps for discerning God’s will:

  • Prayer. Consult
    your friend, Jesus.
  • Gather the facts.
    Know what’s true.
  • Watch your circumstances.
    If you’re praying to do God’s will, He will reveal which circumstances are
    relevant in discerning it.
  • Get neutral.
    Desire God’s will over your own.

Terry
is the president and CEO of Texon, LP, a Houston-based energy company that he
founded 30 years ago. He has written a book about following God’s leading for every decision in
life, no matter how big or small. It’s
called Sacred Pace: Four Steps to Hearing God and Aligning Yourself with His
Will
. I’d like to offer you a copy of the book for a gift of
any amount. Visit our website or give
us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a
way to get it to you.

And
join us on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on
our free phone app as Terry tells his story on our broadcast.

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Jim Daly

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