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Relying on God, I Easily Modify Well Creative Proposal
In July this year, after my graduation from the university, I was smoothly employed by an advertising agency as a planner. In today’s fiercely competitive society, I deeply knew that it was due to God’s grace that I was able to easily find this good job. So I especially cherished it. Though I majored in advertising design in university, as the knowledge I had learnt from textbooks was too theoretical, I still encountered many difficulties in my practical work. Every time when I couldn’t find a way out, I would bring my difficulties before God in prayer, and God would always be my ever-present help, and my difficulties were thereby resolved. Under God’s guidance, I had mastered some working skills and methods. After a period of time, I brilliantly accomplished several advertising proposals, winning my boss’ appreciation and recognition. Seeing that I hadn’t worked for very long, yet I could obtain my boss’ appreciation and my colleagues’ praise, I thought: I am pretty good. Despite my being a green hand, my work ability is no worse than other experienced colleagues’. I firmly believe that as long as I am willing to expend my effort, sooner or later I will someday achieve something in this industry. However, just when I was about to realize my ambition by my own ability, something unexpected occurred.
One morning, as soon as I arrived at the company, I was called by my boss to his office. Originally, I thought that he would praise me for the proposal that I submitted a few days ago. But against my expectation, the boss changed his previously benign features and said seriously to me, “What’s the matter with you? Did you not use your brain? This proposal offers nothing new. You see, here and here. Is there any originality? Go back to write it again!” While saying this, my boss circled the questionable content in the proposal book with a pen. Looking at the proposal book which had become barely recognizable, and being criticized by my boss, I had reached a low point. With my head drooping, I returned back to my desk. Then I opened the proposal book and wanted to modify it, but I simply didn’t have any idea. I looked up plenty of materials, and referred to some former successful cases, but my brain seemed as if it had stopped working. All day long, I had made no progress. In the evening I came home. After supper, I turned on my computer and again tried to modify the proposal, but my mind was still blank without a single train of thought. Anyway, in order not to delay the development of the work, I began to modify it. When it was completed, looking at it, I was secretly pleased and thought: Tomorrow when I give this proposal to my boss, he will surely say that I have modified it quickly and well. Yet the next day, when I, with confidence, gave my boss the modified proposal, I saw that he frowned as he read it. Watching the boss’ expression, my heart jumped into my throat, and I knew I would get criticized again. It was conceivable that consequently, I had to modify this proposal again. I felt extremely upset, and could not gathered my energy all day.
After I returned home in the evening, I opened the proposal book once again and thought: When I wrote proposals before, I always had some ideas. But now, what is wrong with me? Why is it that the proposals I wrote getting worse? In this period of time, I wrote some successful proposals and have grasped some practical experience, and what is more, my IQ isn’t lower than others, so normally I should have written my proposal better than before, but why don’t I have any inspiration and originality now? Having no choice, I bit the bullet and modified the proposal once more. Finally, this time my boss was still unsatisfied with my proposal and even gave me the final warning, “If you can’t modify it well this time and it is still without creativity, I will ask other person to write it.”
Just at the time I felt I was at the end of my rope, I came before God and prayed, “Oh, God! I have written this proposal three times, but it is still a failure. I truly feel powerless. Oh, God! Previously, I had some inspiration when writing proposals, but this time, I simply had no train of thoughts. What is actually the problem? May You enlighten me, so that I can find the root of the problem.…” After praying, I opened the book of, and saw these words of God’s: “Now when some matter comes upon people, regardless of what the actual situation is, they think that they can do this and that, so God is not in their hearts, and they do it according to their own intentions. Regardless of whether the course of action is suitable or not, or whether it is in accordance with truth or not, they only stiffen their necks and act according to their personal intentions. It usually seems that God is in their hearts, but when they do things, God is not in their hearts.” “… people do many things in dependence on their experience and the rules they have understood, and on some human imagination. They can barely achieve the very best result, which comes through understanding God’s will by them looking to God and praying to God, and then through relying on God’s work and guidance. So I say: The greatest wisdom is to look to God and rely on God in all things.” “If you don’t learn how to look to God and rely on God, you will never see the work God does on you, or the guidance and enlightenment He gives to you.”
led me to realize: Since I began to write this proposal, I have modified it twice. During this period of time, I didn’t ever come before God to rely on Him and look up to Him, but instead I relied on my arrogant nature and my own knowledge and experience to write the proposal and even if without any idea, I still forced myself to modify it. Therefore, no matter how I tried, the proposal still lacked originality, and my boss even wanted to put someone else on it. At this moment, I remembered mankind’s ancestor Adam. He never went to school and couldn’t read, but he could give the various living creatures of God’s creation their names, among which there was no duplication. This intelligence was from God and was bestowed by God. I also thought of the time when I just joined this company. At that time, when meeting difficulties in writing proposals, I would eagerly come before God to to Him and seek His guidance and help. But when my proposals won the boss’ appreciation and the colleagues’ praise, then I treated the wisdom and intelligence from God as my own capital, and took the credit for myself, not giving the glory to God, and did not go on relying on Him. Especially after I had the sense of achievement, I believed that I had already grasped some experience in writing proposals, and that my being able to gain so much in a short time was due to my good professional ability and caliber. Unconsciously, I became arrogant and started putting God to one side, without God in my heart. As a result, I lost the guidance and leadership of God and could achieve nothing.
I also saw God’s words saying, “Sometimes, looking to God doesn’t mean speaking clearly when peoplefor something, or for God to guide them in some way, or for God to protect them; rather it is that, when they encounter some issue, they are able to call on Him sincerely. So, what is God doing there? When someone’s heart stirs, and they have this idea: ‘Oh God, I can’t do this myself, I don’t know how to do it, and I feel weak and negative,’ when these thoughts arise in them, does God not know about it? When these thoughts arise in man, are people’s hearts sincere? When they call on God sincerely in this way, does God assent to help them? Despite the fact that they may not have spoken a word, they show sincerity, and so God assents to help them.” God’s words had shown me the clear path: Regardless of what environment I encounter, or how difficult the problems I meet are, as long as I come before God, sincerely pray to Him, and truly rely on and look upon Him, I will obtain His guidance and help. Because my intelligence and wisdom all come from God, thus if I do not rely on God, then even if I have more knowledge and rich work experience, I will not be able to obtain inspiration and wisdom from God. Just as the says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).
When I found the way of practice in God’s words, I fell down in front of God and prayed: “Oh, God! From Your words, I have found the reason for the failure of my proposal was that I didn’t rely on and look upon You but just depended on my own ability and caliber to write it. Oh, God! I know I am wrong. This time, I will not rely on my arrogant disposition to do it anymore, and am willing to put myself aside and rely on and look to You to gain the work and guidance of the.” After praying, my heart brightened up. This time, I didn’t hastily start modifying the proposal as I did before, but prayed to God in my heart and pondered how to modify it to meet the demand of market. One morning after several days, when poring over a material, I suddenly got an inspiration and some new idea in my head. Then I swiftly turned on the computer, and then modified the proposal according to the new idea, almost completely denying the previous idea. Two hours later, a fresh proposal was produced. I continuously thanked God in my heart, for I knew the new idea wasn’t the result of the knowledge I had learned or of my mind pondering deeply, but was due to the leadership and guidance of God.
When at work, I once again submitted to my boss the proposal that had been modified three times. My boss read it with nods, and a long-awaited smile emerged on his face. After finishing reading the proposal, he kindly said to me, “This proposal has been well modified. It has some originality. I have never thought that you could modify this proposal, which was nearly to be scrapped, to such a degree. How did you do that?” I didn’t reply to him but smiled. However, I understood clearly in my heart that if it were not for the wisdom God gave me and the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit, I would not have thought out such a good idea regardless of the effort I put in.
After this experience, I have seen the deed of God and got some knowledge of God’s almightiness and wisdom. My faith in God increased and I also knew that nothing is difficult for God. Meanwhile, I have seen that man’s wisdom and inspiration all come from God, and so only by relying on and looking up to God can we obtain success; if depending on our own knowledge and ability we can only accomplish nothing. Though there may still be many problems in my proposals in the future, I am willing to rely on and look to God with sincerity to solve these difficulties. Thank God! All the glory be to God!
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