What would make me happy in a business partnership? I would want my partners to think and act like me. I would want them to be committed, hard working, type-a personality, strong work ethic, willingness to learn and grow always, treat people well, and just be totally sold out to the cause.
This would make me very happy! We’d have the perfect partnership and a real chance at making it big. Right?
We all have painted a picture of the perfect partnership. Yours is likely different than mine, but you have expectations when entering a venture with someone.
What happens when they don’t meet those expectations? What do we do when we’ve invested so much time and possibly even money into a partnership that is not meeting your expectations and you’re no longer happy.
I’ve learned from God that I can’t put all of these expectations on business partners. It’s not right for me to think that my partner will be like me…they won’t.
What if God designed business partnerships as a tool to actually reveal our need for Him? What it the very conflict I experience with my partners was meant to help bring the partnership to a whole new level?
The bible says
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
There was a time in business where I thought having a business partner was supposed to make me happier, less lonely, and less stressed because I would be splitting responsibilities. I was wrong! This thought killed my partnerships.
Finally I got it. I realized that my expectations had been unrealistic. In my business, if I looked to my partners to complete me – to make me happy – I would fail. There were times when they did make me happy, but not all the time. They are human and they make a lot of mistakes. Sometimes they hit home runs and sometimes they strike out.
The reality is that a partner is not designed to meet every need—that job is already taken by God. Expecting my partners to meet all my needs sets them up for failure. But if I let God meet all the needs that He wants to meet in my life, then that allows my partners to meet the needs He has designed them to meet in the business. That works. That is the way God designed it.
Think about what you can do today to begin allowing God to meet the needs of your business that He wants to meet.