I had a business friend call me once to tell me he was on the brink of divorce. He and his wife have been having problems for years, and he felt this was the end.
As the situation couldn’t be worse, his business wasn’t doing so great.
I could hear the defeat in his voice, and he let his guard down to open up to me about his problems in business and marriage. He loved his wife and didn’t know why this was all happening to him.
That’s when I unleashed my testimony on him. I began to open up about my struggles and how I was able to overcome them. I wasn’t polite or ashamed. I was completely transparent and direct. I let him know that this was the time he needed to pick up his pants and FIGHT.
There are certain times in our business and marriages where we ask God “why am I going through this?” We wish the problems would go away and that things could return to when they were great. We desire to be in a loving marriage and profitable business, but it doesn’t seem to be working out in our favor.
But what if our challenges in business and marriage are meant to help someone else in their troubled times. What if our bad breaks became someone else’s breakthrough? What if humanity is where it’s at today because someone else had a struggle, overcame it, and lived to tell the story to inspire someone else?
The bible says:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)
Here’s a guy who has come to understand that his trials and tribulations can be used as a testimony to help others going through similar situations in their lives. And Paul’s frankness and openness have helped so many of us for nearly two thousand years to whether the storms of life and come out victorious.
Paul’s example can be your story too!
God could be using the challenges you’re facing in marriage and business to help another entrepreneur going through the same thing.
And you know what happens when you help someone else through their trials? You strengthen your resolve! It becomes even more difficult for the enemy to attack your business and marriage in the same way now that you’re testifying about the victory to others.
See, that’s the exact thing I did to my friend. I started to share all of my marriage and business problems, and how with the help of God, I was able to overcome. Now, my own business and marriage will benefit from sharing my testimony to him.
Your disappointments can be a blessing to yourself and others. Your marriage can help other entrepreneurs keep their families together. Your experiences set you up to help others to victories or their own. So no matter what you are going through today, God wants to bring you through it gracefully so you can share the victory with others!
This means that your problems in business and marriage are only temporary. You can rejoice TODAY knowing that these issues are just for a moment and joy is around the corner.
No matter the size of the issues in the boardroom or the bedroom, you have to fight through it, trusting and believing that God will not leave you or forsake you. You have a testimony, and God wants to use it.
We Godpreneurs need to trust God’s plans and not our own. As business owners, we know where we want our businesses to be this time next year. As spouses, we know where we want our marriages to elevate to next year.
We hope our plans are aligned with God’s and we’re ready to change course if they’re not. He will lead our marriages and businesses in a better way if it’s His will. We won’t know why, but we don’t need to know. All we know is that He’s got the bigger picture laid out and we only need to see the road ahead of us.
This means that we don’t have to wait until some crazy big breakthrough to start sharing the victory with others. Victories happen every morning we wake up still married and still pursuing our Godprenurial dreams. We don’t have to understand the big picture, only what we’re being brought through already.
Isn’t it awesome to know God takes care of seeing down our road so we can make a moment to look back and help another entrepreneur in need?
Imagine if all of us took our unexpected turns in business and marriage that didn’t quite work out the way we envisioned and used those experiences for the benefit of those around us.
I’m certainly grateful that God is using me to help my friends in need. I pray He’ll use your experiences to see you through to more breakthroughs in your business and marriage.
Godpreneur Rule – Godpreneurs praise God in our storms because they will serve as someone else’s victory.