Listen To Them, But Follow Him


Steve Nauman

Probably the most important thing I learned when I started working in my father’s store at age 7 was to listen, not talk. I’ll give you an example of God’s leading, even when others might not understand.

In the early 1980’s, I was seeking “wise counsel” because I felt it was God’s Will for me to quit my job and start my own business….. Well, 100% of the Christian wise counsel I met with said “don’t do it”! They told me things like: I’d be giving up a steady job with benefits etc. And many other “negative” reasons for my wanting to start a business. 

The point is, I didn’t have peace with anything but starting that business, so I had to ignore what they had said, and do what I believed God was telling me to do………..

It was a lot of work. And did I mention it was a LOT OF WORK! But I never lost the peace that God put in my heart and He was always there helping—because there were always things beyond me, yet He was always there!

In the fall of 2020 after 38 years of business, God gave me peace again that it was time to sell that business and He provided some Christian brothers to carry that torch —hopefully further for His Glory!

Sometimes….. God’s Word and God’s Will for our lives might go against the advice of “wise counsel”—because God treats us as individuals.

It is still a very good thing to seek wise counsel. So listen closely to them… but follow Him…..

Till Next Time…..

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Steve Nauman

These wonderful posts are written by my good friend Steve Nauman. He lives on a farm in northern Indiana with his wife, Ruth.

He owned and operated a machine shop until 2020. These stories come from the people and experiences that made lasting impressions upon him as he grew up in his father's general store in Upstate NY and later in his own business.