Around 2014 I had an identity crisis in my business. My branding and marketing agency served the best nightclubs in the world. We were highly sought after, and I was climbing the ranks of authorities in nightlight marketing.
But God began to convict me of serving that industry. I was a follower of Christ, yet my business served the opposite force.
I was already tired of the nightlife, I was ready for a change, but I was scared, confused, and didn’t know which direction to go. So I asked God to reveal to me what I should do.
Shortly after, my church asked me to lead a Bible study on any book I wanted to teach from. I chose a book called Chazown by Craig Groeschel. The premise of the book is “where there is no vision; the people will perish.” After leading the group to help them discover their vision for their businesses, I had inadvertently found the vision for MY business.
Through that group, God revealed to me that I needed to help entrepreneurs discover what they were born to do (vision), help them bring that to life (branding) until the whole world knows (marketing). It all made sense! I had a clear vision for the calling over my business life.
But remember…. it all started when I came to God and asked Him to lead me and my business in a new direction. That’s when God moved through someone at my church to ask me to lead a Bible study, and the rest is history.
We Godpreneurs have the ability (and, quite frankly, the obligation) to ask God for His guidance and allow Him to lead our business and marriage. Some of us aren’t experiencing the breakthroughs we so desperately need because we’re not asking God to reveal to us THE WAY. We’re not letting God show us our calling in business and marriage, and we’re missing out on the breakthroughs He wants to bring us.
We may have an idea of what’s needed in our business and marriage. We might have some of the pieces of the puzzle in place, and parts of our life seem to be going well, but if one part isn’t firing on all cylinders, the entire machine isn’t working at its best.
Listen, I was born to tell all entrepreneurs that God already knows what is in our future. And because God already has a plan, we simply have to ask Him to reveal to us what He wants from our business and marriage, and He will bring the breakthrough! God wants one thing from us – to do what He created us to do.
The bible says:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV)
If you hired someone in your company for a purpose, wouldn’t you want that person do what you created the position for? And if that person calls you with questions, wouldn’t you stop what you’re doing to make sure they are doing that thing correctly? I hope so, or else that person could be costing you a lot of money if they mess up your well-oiled business processes.
In the same way, God has a position for our business and marriage in the marketplace, and you and your spouse were created to fill different roles. Regardless of the spouse actually working in the business or not, there are roles each play in the overall dynamic of the family and business operating efficiently.
How do you uncover the plans God has for you, your business, and your marriage?
You simply ask for guidance.
The answer isn’t going to come by the heavens parting immediately and God’s thundering voice telling you what your calling is. God can use your church as He did for me. God can use a dream, a neighbor, a sunset… whatever He wants!
We just have to ask and wait in expectancy. This is called surrender to God and letting Him lead.
When I asked God to take over my marriage because I had no idea how to fix it, He used a friend to tell me that I had a lot of baggage I needed to let go of and that all the problems I was experiencing were as a result of ME. God used that friend to tell me that the purpose of my marriage was to make me a better follower of Christ by overcoming the problems. Now my marriage is a complete BLESSING! It’s the best marriage ever! I asked, and God revealed, then the breakthrough came.
When we ask, God gives us the grace to deal with our problems. We find that the same situations that used to set us off now make us stronger. That’s what happens when God leads!
God will give us the stamina to make it through the current times before the breakthroughs. The next chapters of our business and marriage are right around the corner.
Ask God to reveal and let Him lead.
Godpreneur Rule: Godpreneurs ask God to reveal the visions for our business and marriage, and receive the grace to go through the times until the breakthrough comes.