I heard about a bus driver that was far from being your typical bus driver.
He would pick up people in Manhattan and take them over to Queens. Same route everyday for years.
Before getting off the bus, his passengers would hear him say “Now before you get off the bus I want you to leave all of your problems from the day right here so you can go home whole and complete to your families.”
He did this day after day, year after year.
Here is a man whose identity is NOT in being a bus driver. Instead, he has discovered the ultimate secret in finding your calling. He has realized that his calling is really in being the salt and light to the world. The bus was simply the vehicle (no pun intended)) for enacting that calling.
My clients want advice on how to hear God’s call for their business lives. I’ve heard people tell me that God may not have called them to the business they are doing every day. I’ve had friends worry that they have missed their entrepreneurial calling.
I long for the same sense of purpose in my day-to-day business life. I have to be conscience of choosing to find my purpose and fulfillment in something more important than my role in my organization. I’ve chosen to make the distinction between calling and business.
Our business has meaning, yes. God cares about our businesses. Our products and services can benefit the community around us. Owning a business certainly functions as a tool to refine us in God’s image. Through our entrepreneurship, we use specific skills and talents to serve others. But my company is first of all an opportunity to follow Jesus—to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love my neighbors as myself.
That’s your calling as a Godpreneur: to love.
The bible says
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 NIV
God invites us to serve in the ordinary businesses we lead. What makes a business extraordinary is when we’re able to love our clients like God loves us. This is when we get to live our the gospel and hopefully share it with partners, vendors, contractors, employees and clients.
Let God guide you to be the salt and the light in your niche.