My wife and I love Disney (and my kids tag along with us on our trips). When we first started visiting Orlando, we would stay for free at my aunt's house 1-hour from the parks because I was a broke entrepreneur. As I made more money, I upgraded from my aunt's house to Airbnb’s that were 20 minutes from Disney. Then, my business started booming and I started staying at Disney resorts that were a quick bus ride away from the magic!
As I made more money, I became more discontent with my accomodations. I became resentful of not being able to afford staying at the nicer resorts. And guess what…even within Disney world, there's “luxury” resorts that I still can't afford…and believe it or not…I still have a bit of discontentment for not having the bugets to stay at those.
My entrepreneurial journey from financial scarcity to having a travel budget came with the challenge of overcoming discontentment.
This is a common experience for us growing Godpreneurs. We start our businesses with humble beginnings, and as they grow, so do our desires. But this growth often brings an unexpected guest – discontentment, even when we achieve what we once longed for.
Paul’s teaching in Philippians 4:11-13 is vital here. He says,
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Notice, contentment was learned, not inherent.
Similarly, Jesus, speaking to the woman at the well in John 4:13-14, said,
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst."
Jesus points to a deeper, more enduring source of satisfaction than the fleeting pleasures of the world.
Consider this: Are you looking to your business success, material gains, or even relationships to fill a void only Christ can fill? It's time to reorient your heart and find contentment not in the ever-changing circumstances but in the unwavering love and provision of Jesus.
Imagine a world of God-first entrepreneurs, where our contentment isn’t dictated by profit margins or the hotels we stay at, but by our relationship with Christ. Such stability in our hearts would not only impact our personal lives but also create a business culture that values eternal satisfaction over temporary gains.