The Wake Up Call

Early this morning I was sound asleep, resting and getting some much-needed down time. In my slumber, I felt something brush up against my leg under the covers. Halfway asleep, I ignored it and turned on my side. I soon began to dream a weird dream of a peaceful butterfly flying around me. I felt that butterfly brushing against my legs and could sense a little movement here and there. Finally, the brushing woke me up as it had become more and more intense. Curious, I took off my covers not knowing what was making the butterfly movement. As I took my blankets off, I gasped. For what I saw, was one of the scariest things to ever wake up to. The movement, the brushing was in fact, not butterfly but instead a fiddle-back spider crawling up and down my leg throughout the morning. In my mind, the panic sensors were going off, but in my actions, I calmly and gently brushed the spider off my leg and stepped on it with a slipper. Needless to say, I wasn’t sleeping anymore this a.m. 
After I disposed of the spider, I went into the living room and checked out my email as part of my daily routine. However, in the midst of a very panicky morning, I omitted something which I try to consistently do. I forgot my devotions and prayer time. I quickly stopped my workaholic tendency and began to dig deep into my devotion instead.
For the moments I spent in Scripture, it was as if time stood still in silence and reverence. The panicky morning was no longer the focus of my day. My focus was now on the Conqueror of every fear. It was a much needed time, where in the past, my devotions would sometimes be very easily bypassed by the business of life and my own workaholic attitude. 
This might sound crazy, but today, I’m thankful for that scary spider. Because I may have missed an opportunity to bask at the feet of Jesus this morning. In this world, we can’t afford to make our Prayer lives secondary, for everything we do stems from it. As a Christian, I fail more times than I count in my personal walk. However, one thing I have learned is the poison of an inactive and apathetic leader can be more damaging and more devastating to impact than the poison of spider bite can do. So if takes a storm to get me closer to God, then so be it. If it takes a mountain, then so be it. And if it even takes an arachnid to wake me up early in the morning to get my closer to Him, then Jesus, you can send a spider, but next time I’d prefer a butterfly. #TheWakeUpCall #Leadership #PrayerLife

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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