I used to think that entrepreneurship was this glorious career with awesome partnerships and great teams of people working together for something awesome. But this isn’t how it panned out for me. Entrepreneurship was incredibly lonely, especially at the beginning of starting something.
Owning a business was lonely for me because I out-worked everyone I partnered with, so I found myself doing more work than I bargained for. I also felt lonely because friends were making more money than me, and here I was playing catchup in the back. This rat race left me working tireless hours, alone, with all my attention on the business.
Often, this feeling of being alone has stifled my creativity and sucked all the energy out of me, to the point where I pause my calling or quit on the vision altogether.
We all have this calling over our business to bring something remarkable to the marketplace, but for some of us, the thought of going at it alone is just too much to move forward with.
Others of us may feel alone in our thoughts because we’ve asked for help and haven’t received it, or we’ve thrown our idea out to others, and nobody is responding the way we expected.
We could also feel alone because we don’t want to share our ideas with others because we think of them as competition and they’ll steal the idea.
The enemy wants to use this feeling of loneliness and seclusion to kill our calling.
But God didn’t design entrepreneurship to be a lonely experience. We’re called to fellowship with one another. There’s a group of Christians God has put around us to bounce ideas off of, get encouragement, accountability, prayer, and support.
By design, through our unity in Jesus, we were given to each other to accomplish the work God has set out for each of us individually.
We’re not as alone as we may think we are.
The bible says:
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
(Romans 12:4-8 NIV)
God designed entrepreneurs within one body – one family – to break bread together, to share ideas with, support each other’s businesses, and serve each other with our callings.
Are you in regular fellowship with the Christian entrepreneurs in your church family? Do you have a support group or mastermind of business owners that meet regularly?
If not, this could be the reason why you might be feeling lonely in your calling.
Your church family is a great place to break bread with other entrepreneurs. You can also form our crew of God-first business owners to meet with periodically.
(Visit www.godfirstmeetups.biz to learn how to form your group with my free resources)
If you find yourself thinking thoughts or competition or comparing your success with others, this will only cause you to retreat even more and isolate yourself into this state of loneliness.
Instead, recognize that God set the example through Jesus and his disciples of comforting one another and encouraging and building each other up.
Jesus designed Godpreneurial families to complete each other, not to compete with each other. We are one in Christ and one powerful body of innovation and hope in our marketplaces.
Our calling becomes Spirit-empowered when we bring it in fellowship with the spirit of other Christian entrepreneurs.
Imagine if all around the world, we saw the family of God working together to create products and services that move society forward, solve big problems, and better equip us to thrive here while we wait to be called into our next life.
Together (not alone), we can intentionally be praying, sacrificing, giving, serving, teaching, and preaching trough our brands so we can fulfill the Great Commission in our respective marketplaces.
Together (not alone), we can host conferences, interview each other for podcasts, collaborate on courses, a joint venture on products and services, co-author books, blog to each other, and create a movement.
We’re not alone when, together, we further God’s Kingdom and glory through our calling to GODpreneurship.
Let’s defeat the enemy of loneliness by purposing to break bread with other Godpreneurs as we lovingly encourage, support, and serve each other through masterminds, meetups, and church gatherings.
Together, we can defeat the enemy that wants to kill our calling by fulfilling God’s desire for us to Unite to shine His light brighter in the world.
I pray that you find (or create) a Godpreneur family near you to share your abilities and calling! In Jesus name, amen!