Updated: Jun 14, 2021
How did I even start caring about the concept of Identity?
When I started attending church again in 2008, I was introduced to a whole network of people that were also looking for purpose and meaning in their lives. It didn’t take long for me to start getting involved in helping grow the church by inviting friends and even doing their website!
Where I grew the most was when I started attending growth groups. Some call them Bible studies. Essentially they are ‘masterminds’ within the church.
In 2012 I decided to lead a growth group called Chazown. In this group, we were discovering God’s vision for our lives. It was during and through that group where I realized my calling was to help others discover and bring to life God’s entrepreneurial plan and purpose in their lives. All of a sudden, owning a logo and website company made sense!
But I didn’t immediately drop everything to pursue this path. My identity was so wrapped in the nightlife and agency world that there was no way I could pursue this new calling over me. Instead, I tried to just slowly introduce it, talking about it only when certain people were around, not fully embracing it.
I guess I tried to create the perfect mix between a nightlife authority and someone who cares about people’s passions and purpose…but who was I kidding?
There is no such thing as a perfect identity for entrepreneurs. If you always try to be someone that others will like, you’ll end up not having peace in your life. To have peace in our business lives, we must listen to God and get comfortable being who He wants us to be. We’re meant to rely on Him, to know His purpose for us, and trust that God shows us our identity…what we were born to do.
Part of living a godly life is having a group of friends who support you in your relationship with Him. Being a part of a godly community is vital in not forgetting that who we are is defined by God and not others.
The Bible says:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
I was able to see a glimpse of my real identity when I started to lead my own growth groups. But before that, I attended growth groups. And before that, I decided I was going to go back to church. Having a community is what led me down the path of finding my identity.
Now I totally rely on my church and the community of friends I’ve built. We are all there to support and water each other’s identity. We go on marriage retreats, vacations, dinners and mission trips together. Without them, I’m not sure who would support my identity in Christ.
Which of your friends and family help support you in your relationship with Christ?
Gopreneur Rule #74: Godpreneurs surround themselves by friends and family that support their spiritual growth.