“Speed is good when wisdom leads the way.” - Edward R. Murrow
Sometimes we get so excited about a new opportunity, that we don’t always think it through before jumping headlong into a big mess. Other times, we overthink and continually over analyze a new opportunity and fear holds us back from taking that leap of faith. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. One thing I have learned, though—and am still learning—is to trust in God as He leads the way in all business opportunities.
Of course, trusting God is not always easy. God never promised that life here on earth would be easy. He promised that He would be with us through each and every problem and step that we need to take. God has a grand design for each of our lives. That is such a simple, yet profound fact. Once we can grasp this truth, learning to trust in God’s daily direction becomes easier with each step forward.
As a Christian, I try to live my life completely led by the Lord. Of course, things don’t always go according to that plan of total surrender; however, God is Lord of my life and all that I do. I truly believe what He promises in His word. Commit your plans to the Lord and you will succeed. All of my success is all because of God and I want to give Him the glory. It was neat to hear All-around Olympic Gold medalist in Women’s gymnastics, Gabby Douglas, commenting that all the glory goes to God and the blessing comes down on me. She has the right perspective.
So how can Christian business owners and entrepreneurs bring that same perspective into their business and entrepreneurial endeavors?
To begin with, we need to commit all of our endeavors to the Lord and acknowledge that He is Lord of everything that we do—including all of our successes and our failures…and know that He does have a plan to prosper us and not to harm us. We just need to turn our focus towards Him and know that we know deep down in our hearts that He will provide. He is Jehovah Jireh.
When we need to make decisions, we have the best defense on our side. We can come to God with all of our questions and ask Him for direction. In Isaiah, God promises to teach us to profit and lead us in the way that we should go. Who wouldn’t want that assurance? I know that I do.
Having a God-focused perspective in your business or other ventures means that you also have a strong work ethic. You are not afraid of doing work. You know that to accomplish anything great in this life, working hard to achieve those goals is the only way to get there. Being skimpy in your work ethic is going to get you nowhere fast. We need to be on time to work and be good stewards of our time. If we are home-based business owners, we’re not responsible to a boss regarding the hours we spend working, but God is always watching what we’re doing. That’s both a scary and reassuring thought.
We need to have a dogged determination that nothing and absolutely nothing will stop us from succeeding in life. Those who leave when the going gets tough will never and I mean never achieve the success they are looking for. Those who have made it to the top, have worked hard to get there. True, some people have money because it’s been in their family…but who originally got that fortune? Someone had to work hard to get it. We need to always value hard work and not waste the blood, sweat and tears of others who’ve helped us get to where we are today.
Don’t just kill time but be a good steward of it. Know that there are so many things in this life, especially in this technological age today, that can easily distract you from your goals. Always remain focused. Make a to do list and check off tasks that you accomplish. Seeing items checked off your list will go a long way towards motivating you towards future success.
Surround yourself with others who have a similar belief pattern and are open to new and exciting business ventures. Surround yourself with like-minded people who have the same work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s so much easier for one person to pull you down into the mud of despair than to be brought up to hope again. That’s why you need a good amount of people surrounding you who will continually bring encouragement into your life.
Finally, as you learn to work hard and remain disciplined in everything that you’re doing in your business…continue to feed your spiritual life. Get into God’s word each day. Spend time in prayer. Be certain that you are feeding your spirit and your soul (emotions and heart) do that those two together can keep your flesh (body) in line.
Being a small business owner or entrepreneur can sometimes be a lonely road to take, but when you’re risking it all, there is so much more to gain.