I go through seasons in my business. I’m not just talking about the 4 seasons of summer,winter, spring and fall. I’m talking about the ups and downs, the lefts and rights, the expansion and contraction, the growth and decline.
The frustrating thing for me is that you really can’t predict the seasons. Sure, there’s a day that summer starts on the calendar, but it’s not precise.
We entrepreneurs want to know when the turn on the rollercoaster is coming. We wish that our businesses weren’t susceptible to the seasons, we wish this rule skipped over us.
The reality is that seasons serve two amazing purposes.
- Seasons make me 100% dependent on God. Since I don’t know what’s next, I need God to guide me and walk beside me along the path.
- Seasons keep me changing and adapting to fit the wants and desires of the market, which are in line with the changes God wants me to make.
Although seasons are awesome, they are still uncertain, and uncertainty kills us. Why? Because we want to be God…we want to be in control…which is the original sin.
In the last 11 blog posts I’ve been taking us on a journey through the book of Acts.
Acts shows us the manual for expansion of the church, which I also see as how we can expand our businesses and our influence.
In Chapter 12, the the Apostle James is beheaded by Harod, Peter is freed from jail by an angel, and Harod ends up being killed by God for thinking he’s God. None of these 3 central figures in this chapter knew what was coming, neither could predict that God was going to do something in their life, and ultimately, we don’t know when things will happen either.
I’ll leave you with this amazing reality from Ecclesiastes 3:
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
Godpreneur Rule #75: God determines the seasons of my business, there is no better place than under his providence.