Sometimes I can’t launch a new marketing campaign or business growth opportunity because I’m still suffering from the defeat of a past one that didn’t go so well. I get these feelings unforgiveness that I harbor against the people that rejected me. I’ve even developed a bitterness towards God for not allowing it to work, which leads me to shame and self-pity.
I’ve come to accept that suffering is part of the journey of entrepreneurship. Not everything will be perfect. But I’ll admit that sometimes I get stuck in a specific moment of suffering for a little too long, preventing me from taking action on what God wants me to do next.
I’m sure we can all agree that we don’t WANT to be suffering. We’d do everything we can to avoid it because it’s not healthy to be there for too long.
But easier said than done, right.
We Godpreneurs all carry around beliefs of the things that have happened to us in business. These beliefs form the spiritual battles we wage in our minds day in, and day out.
When we’re wounded in our emotions, we must be careful not to stay stuck there, let it take root and begin to infect other parts of our business. If the suffering lasts too long, we develop even more bitterness and resentment, and launching anything new becomes less and less likely.
But God designed suffering to be a place we pass through, not set up camp. We Godpreneurs must all suffer because it produces the perseverance, but we must also keep moving along the pilgrimage of entrepreneurship to the place we were created to be at in business.
The bible says
And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
(Psalm 84:5-7 MSG)
Godpreneur, in your suffering, God has traveled and is currently traveling the road with you.
You are on a journey in your business, and your destination is the business God created you to start. Once you’re there, it’s all the eternity with Him!
You’ll experience lonesome valleys along the way. These are the times in our business, where God seems distant. But, through the beauty of being able to get up and launch again, God provides springs for us to drink from!
You see, the opportunity to launch again is where God wants to provide us energy and perseverance to keep on going along your pilgrimage to Him.
But sometimes we get stuck. We wallow in self-pity, and we can’t even see the spring of water God has set up for us to drink from.
Let us not get stuck in the valley of suffering. Staying there makes it harder to leave because we lose hope in carrying on.
We need to have faith that God has a plan for the suffering and a better place for our business.
We need to expel all fear.
We need to remain joyful, confident, and expect good things from our next launch.
There’s no place for anxiety and negativity in Godpreneurship. If we’re experiencing this, it’s probably a sign that we’re not doing the thing God created us to do. Take my course in the Godpreneur Academy to get back on track!
Imagine if we all praised God in this place of suffering, thanked him for the pain of the past, and continued to the blessings that lie ahead by launching the next idea.