So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)
My New Career as a Bible Based Life Coaching
Last week, I decided to become a certified Bible Based Life Coach. It wasn’t an easy or quick decision but once made it felt like a good fit.
I had been learning about coaching for some time. Now, after much research, I had finally decided that Bible based coaching was the best choice for me.
I would still write and do media but I now had something else I could do part-time. Something that would allow me to work with people directly. Something compatible with my nursing background AND my Christian faith.
I was pleased with my decision – and eager to get started. So, true to form, I began to take action.
I applied for the Bible Based Life Coaching certification course that met my conditions. I enrolled in some nursing CEU health and wellness courses. I picked out a non-credit Bible study course at Moody Bible College to help bring me up to speed on Scripture. I printed out curriculums and resources and put them into a dedicated binder. I ordered several (more) books. I told my family and friends about my plans.
And then, a message that God had shared with me months earlier popped into my head.
About That Message
I had heard the original message quietly but very clearly during prayer, saying “get your house in order.” At the time I felt certain that God was talking about the occult objects I was still so very slowly disposing of. But I believed that there was a reason why that particular message had been replayed in the present.
So I thought about what was going on in the here and now and the whirlwind of activity swirling around me as I prepared for my brand new career. And, as I did, I was reminded of the story of Elijah (which I had just as part of my One Year Bible reading) and how God spoke to him.
Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. – 1 Kings 19:11-18 (NKJV)
As I reflected on that passage I realized that I’d never really thought about the significance of the phenomena Elijah had seen. Now, sitting at my desk with my binder and printouts piled around me, it occurred to me that in some ways my current situation was a lot like that verse.
Elijah had witnessed a windstorm, an earthquake and a raging fire. My messy desk was nowhere near that chaotic. But something was definitely going on inside of me. As I prepared to launch a new career, ideas swirled and ignited and old expectations broke into pieces.
Unlike the prophet, I had gotten very caught up in that process. So caught up in fact that I was thinking a lot more about what I wanted than I was about God.
I decided that remembering God’s message at this point in time was not a coincidence.
Getting My House in Order from God’s Perspective
I was time to ask God what he meant.
I wasn’t sure what house he was asking me to put in order. I didn’t know if it was my actual partially renovated house. Or if it was the house of my physical body.
During prayer I gained the understanding that it was both. So I took some more actions. But this time I had God at the center.
I got out my planner. I penciled in remodeling and then I penciled in all the other things I knew I should do. And by the end of the day I was surprised to find that I had done most of them.
I’d gone to the gym. I’d counted my calories. I’d even went to the store and came home with healthy food. And I had felt that I had Jesus beside me every step of the way.
I understood that this was not the path to perfection. I understood that God didn’t expect me to be at my ideal weight or living in a perfect house before I took my first coaching client. But I knew that he did expect me to work on these very ordinary everyday things.
And through all of this I had been reminded of something I’d almost forgotten.
God watches over every aspect of our lives – no matter how small. He remembers what we have forgotten. He orders when we are confused or overwhelmed. He shows us the path before we even know we are lost. There is no true clarity and no lasting victory without him.