“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”
No business is ever, I mean ever, on firm footing. Those who deceive themselves to believe they are, are sometimes the ones who slip and fall the hardest. As I write this, I don’t know if the WeWork IPO has happened, will happen, or will never happen. They were so sure of their footing that they were adding to their footprint as fast as any expansion we have seen in a long time. But, once the financials and future were tested on potential public investors, the message back was, “Not so fast!”. The foundation by which they had established their footing started to come under scrutiny and with that, became suspect. Rather than believe we are on firm footing, we are better off to build our businesses and work as if the floor could fall out from under us at any time and also without much notice.
We navigate our own careers and work within the shadow of the company and industry we work within. So, if the company believes they have a firm footing, we take on the same confidence and actions. Thus, we have to watch out as well. But, we can assure that firm footing by seeking and learning the will of God for our work, careers and lives. The Holy Spirit can guide us to the place of firmness so we can place all of us, right there!
Reference: Psalm 143:10 (New Living Translation)