There are two areas in my entrepreneurial walk that still trip me up sometimes and I’m constantly having to work on: worry and envy.
The envy creeps in when I check out social media and start to see others doing cooler things than me or advancing their businesses further than mine.
The worry shows up sometimes as a result of the envy, but mostly when I’m overloaded with ideas, responsibilities and tasks to take care of.
We all worry and envy sometimes, especially in business and entrepreneurship.
God wants us to walk in His peace having faith that He is in control. When we do not surrender our business desires to God, worry and jealousy creep in. This threatens to damage our relationship with God because we’re removing Him from the equation. You go from being a Godpreneur back to Me-preneur.
In owning a business, God allows us to experience various situations that provoke both worry (such as worrying about where the next client will come from) and envy (when we are jealous of the accomplishment of other people in our field). But, entrepreneurship also provides many exciting opportunities to submit ourselves (and employees if you have) to God and to grow in our relationship with Christ. When we do that, we are freed from the burdens of worry and jealousy!
Here is a very practical way to get rid of worry, and it comes from the bible.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Every morning the first thoughts in my mind are to name 3 things I’m thankful for. It has to be the first thoughts. You’ll be half asleep, but do it.
And every day I try to remember to pray that I would submit my business to God and walk in His peace.