You know the nagging feeling that you should have done something? Deep down inside a small voice calls out, nudges, pulls, and prods us to step out in faith. Crazy things, like creating a new way of doing business, or starting a new one all together. Or maybe it's a simple thing like writing a thank you letter, or making a call to a long lost friend. The nagging feeling might make you nervous. Scared. Not certain where to begin. I know the exact feeling. Last April 29th we wrote the first post on The Lively Merchant website. Scary stuff, because we weren't sure what we wanted to be when we grew up. Around 3,000 years ago a man named Gideon was asked directly by God to lead Israel against the Midianites, who were destroying their lives, homes, and farms. Let me set the stage. Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine press. This wasn't because he was overly smart. It was primarily (I believe) because he was chicken of being caught by the Midianites who were kicking everyone's butt and taking their wheat. So he was hiding and trying to protect what he thought was valuable. He was scared. He asked God, "Who me? I'm the weakest man from the weakest tribe." Gideon then decided to double check the nagging voice. Today, it might look like asking a magic 8-ball, not once but twice for the answer. Lack of faith. Fortunately God came through. He answered each of Gideon's challenges. Isn't interesting how we challenge everything, even when the nagging voice is loud and clear? I hope I won't always need a "pillar of fire and light" to keep moving forward. You know? From time-to-time we are all looking for a sign from heaven. I know I have related with Gideon many times in my business life. Just give me a sign. Point me in the right direction. Don't let this go badly, and you can count on me the next time around. Maybe it's just me, but I'm sure glad God hangs in there with my craziness. Hopefully you will too. Maybe the next 12 months will be as spectacular as the last. Maybe our nutty furniture business will get back to normal. That will be a hoot!