Why I pray all day, every day!
Pray continually, Rejoice always, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have you ever felt like you were missing something in your life?
All the time right!
As you know I grew up in a Christian house, mom went to church every Sunday, and Bible Study Fellowship during the week. Her bible was always out on the table. Dad could quote scriptures without even trying.
But that’s not the reason I pray.
While I want to make sure that my parents know that they were instrumental in my faith, they aren’t the only reason I pray.
It was about a year and a half after we started Eclipse DOT that my wife and I were talking on one of our many road trips. I told her that I was frustrated that the business wasn’t really taking off and I couldn’t figure out why or how to make it go faster.
She asked if I had prayed about it?
To be 150% honest, the answer was,
Why would I ask God to help with a business? That involves making money, and the bible says that “money is the root of evil”
She was 100% right though. Why hadn’t I prayed about it? Why was I keeping all this fear and doubt to myself?
We prayed right then and there.
That was the turning point in the business. I stepped down as CEO and we named God as the CEO. We decided that no matter how big the company grows, God will always be a HUGE part of it.
At that point, I stopped worrying about the growth of the company and started thinking about how we can use it to help God? We started a weekly devotional. I went back and added verses to the bottom of every webpage.
Personally, I started praying even more about every decision and every meeting. Before a meeting, I always try my best to send a quick, “God we know that you are in control and that you have all this handled, but please guide our words to make this the best meeting possible. Let your will show through every situation.”
Oh my goodness, a HUGE change happened almost instantly.
We made the decision to change our CEO in July, and by September we were being pushed to step out on our own and leave my other employer.
We still keep our faith strong in the company. Before any functions, we pray. Before any large meetings, we pray. We ask for God to continue to guide us, for him to show us how we can help him grow this company in his way.
We know that sometimes, like any good CEO, when we bring up a hair-brain idea he has to tell us “no.” That’s ok, we understand.
Within the first year of stepping out on our own, we grew so much.
I can still remember our accountant going over that first year’s taxes with us. She was very encouraging, but I could see the doubt in her eyes. We talked a little about goals for the next year and the next 5 years.
This last year she called me to ask if I knew how good we were doing? I told her what I thought we made over the last year, and she was awe-struck. How did you know that?
My response shocked her, “I prayed and listened with all my heart, God said about what we make and I trusted him. So how close was he?”
“Within a few $1,000” she replied.
All too often we remove God from the business. We have been brain-washed that God and business don’t go together. God belongs in your personal life.
Well to me, God is my life, and he belongs in every aspect of it.
That’s why I pray constantly.
Before every meeting, before answering the phone, before I send an email, after I hang up, after a meeting, after that email is sent.
God is in full control of every aspect of my life from my marriage (Love you Jenna), my kids (HUGE shout out to Billy, Nathen, Brianna, Jacob), the business (Eclipse DOT, Eclipse Training), the non-profit (God First Life Next), and everything I do.
Today I want to encourage everyone who reads this to take a moment right now and think, what part of my life have I not invited God into? Is there anything that I’m trying to keep all to myself because “God doesn’t belong there”
God belongs in every aspect of your life. He loves and wants us to succeed.
Lord, God, Almighty, then you. Thank you for allowing us to come to you anytime for any reason. Help us know that you want to be involved in every aspect of our lives. Help us know that you are here for us through every situation. Help us know that you truly want us to succeed at everything we do. Help us to make everything that we do about you and about spreading your word. God we are so grateful for everything that you give us, especially all of your help with every situation that we might encounter. God, you are absolutely amazing. Sometimes Lord it’s hard for us to “invite” into every aspect of our lives. Please forgive us. God today we want to take a moment to invite you into every aspect! Please take over our finances, our work, our relationships, our parenting/grand-parenting, everything. God Thank you for everything that you do for us and through us. Thank you God, Amen
will you pray with us
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!