I started a Marketing agency with my 2 friends in 2005. By 2007 we had some major investors, an office in South Beach, and growing staff and client roster. Things were good. Really good.
But the recession in 2008 knocked us off our feet.
Since then, it’s been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. I was on a mission to get more clients, gain popularity, and make more money. I wanted to show others that we had a bunch of employees and we’re an award-winning agency. I was putting on a show, but it was all just that…a show.
We can try to have the most clients and the highest revenues or the most awards. We can try to be the best at a particular specialty job. But having a bunch of clients or most employees doesn't define who we are. We have to realize that others cannot create our identity.
The problem with having your identity tied to the things I’ve mentioned is that those things are always changing, so your identity will always be on a rollercoaster ride. Your identity will become whatever is popular at the time.
God has already told us who we are. He says that no matter how skilled we are, how weak or strong we are, how influential we are, or how many people like us on social media, we are loved by Him and matter so much to Him.
The Bible says:
"If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying." 2 Corinthians 11:30-31 NIV
Through your weakness, you can see how great and strong God is. It doesn’t matter if clients, partners or employees say you aren’t good at something, God says He can use all of you to show His love to the world.
We might feel bad about something temporarily, and maybe those are signs of God showing you to change something, but we can’t live a life defined by those instances. God needs us to move on to live the Godpreneur lives for which he created us.
Who do you think God says you are? Comment below.
Godpreneur Rule #18: Our identity as Godpreneurs is defined by God and not by money, fame, power or influence. These will be blessed upon you through your obedience in staying true to your Godpreneur identity.