Updated: Nov 12, 2021
Something weird happens when I’m starting a new venture or launching a new product. Everything starts out wonderful, there’s excitement in the air, things are flowing…and suddendly something bad happens.
I either run out of money, someone leaves the team, the product doesn’t turn out to be the ‘hit’ I thought it would be, or there’s a little bit of success, then I hit a wall and nobody’s buying anymore.
In the past, I would simply quit and move on to the next thing. That’s easy to do. I can get get excited all over again and feel the ecstasy of launching a new thing.
In the pattern of start and re-start that is entrepreneurship, I’ve come to learn that right before a business blooms into what it’s supposed to be, there comes an of hopelessness. I’ve felt so much depression, bitterness and anger towards myself and others, so much that we wished I just had a steady job and the burden of entrepreneurship would be lifted from me. Had I not burned the 9-5 bridge, it might have been a legitimate option on my list.
Let’s just be honest with each other right now: sure as the sun will rise, we will experience a deep, dark valley right before success is going to hit us.
I believe this is on purpose.
I’ve felt that I’m at the end of my entrepreneurial career, I’ve given up hope on my products and services, and I’ve looked at the business partner I once called a best friend and said, “I don’t even like you anymore.” This is the moment I know I’m on the doorstep of what God has for me. I don’t give up. Instead, I reach for the promises of God.
The bible says to Godpreneurs,
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." —Isaiah 26:3
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten.” —Joel 2:25
It’s a beautiful image! When my business looks like that utter wasteland, God says, “You see that devastation? I will restore everything that is lost. I will bring it back to life, new life in Me.” I never believe my business is hopeless – I believe God’s promise that He will make all things new.
The lie is that my business and entrepreneurial career are hopeless. The truth is that Jesus can revive EVERYTHING!
God, in the midst of these troubles, I trust in You and You alone. Heal my heart and give me hope for my business. I fix my hope on You, focus my mind on You, and depend on You to live through me so that I can walk in Your Spirit today. Amen.