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Choosing Joy in Business, Even When You're Depressed

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Two clients called me in the same month to cancel their retainers with my agency. Nothing against us, they simply didn't have the budget. I wasn't mad at them, but I was afraid for my company. Losing those retainers meant one of two things: either I wasn't going to pay myself for a couple of months, or I needed to let go of some employees.


I hate to admit it, but this incident set me off into a short period of entrepreneurial depression. As strong as my faith walk is, the depression still hit me hard. I had plans to travel, buy a new car, and make some home improvements. All of those plans got put on pause. Depression settled in even more.


In hindsight, I'll confess this: I realized I was searching for external successes to fill an internal void that the Lord still needed to work on in me. Let me explain.


THE PROBLEM WITH CONNECTING MONEY TO JOY


As Godpreneurs, we're often conditioned to equate our worth and joy with our money and achievements. But there are times, despite our best efforts, when things go awry, and the external markers of "success" waver.


So how do we find this "joy from the Lord," in the midst of entrepreneurial depression?


The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, gave us the secret. He writes in Philippians 4:4,


"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"

Notice, he doesn’t say to rejoice only when things are perfect, but "always". This joy isn't based on external circumstances but stems from a deep, spiritual connection with God. It's not just a fleeting emotion but a profound state of being, rooted in a relationship with Him.


HOW TO FIND JOY


I learned a profound lesson during my last bout with entrepreneurial depression that I want to share with you today: joy is a choice.


Joy is choosing to respond to your external business circumstances with a supernatural inner contentment because you know God is at work on your entrepreneurial journey despite what you might see.


You also must know the difference between pleasure, happiness, and joy.


  • Pleasure resides in the body

  • Happiness is a state of mind

  • Joy emanates from your spirit


This is why you can't eat your way out of depression (body).


This is why you can't think your way out of depression (mind).


The only way to break the chains of entrepreneurial depression is by focusing on feeding the spirit, which will produce the joy of the Lord, and where there is light, darkness can not exist.


The strength to overcome depression is found by focusing on the Lord, knowing He is always with you and dwells within.


As for me, I was able to snap out of my depression by choosing to focus on the joy that emanates from my spirit when I'm spending time with the Lord throughout the business day. I stopped letting the external thing I couldn't control have control over me. Going back to God's word and reading about His goodness caused joy to flow up like a well from within my inner being.


MAKING JOY LAST IN BUSINESS


Today, we have a choice. Instead of letting external marketplace circumstances dictate our happiness, we must dive deep into God's word. Let's meditate on His promises and let His truth anchor us. Let the joy of the Holy Spirit, which is independent of our immediate circumstances, bubble up within us. When challenges come, we must remember that this joy remains unshaken, as it is grounded in the eternal and unwavering love of God.


As a community of Godpreneurs, imagine if we all operated from this inner wellspring of joy. Not only would our businesses thrive, but we'd also create a ripple effect of positivity, hope, and genuine contentment in the entrepreneurial world. Together, by focusing on the Holy Spirit's work within us, we can reshape our approach to challenges and success, anchored in God's unchanging joy.

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Stephen Bayles
Stephen Bayles
2023年12月02日

Praise God for this Blog! I too have had a poor year financial when looking at my P&L and the banking reserves are not what they were a year ago. But I praise God, because next year is going to be awesome. God tells us we win in the end! And I believe that. I have been through this before in my business. It’s not fun, but when you’re a Godprenuer, you have to remember that God’s economy runs on different metrics than man’s! I started a Business men’s Fellowship last month, in my community and we will be having our 2nd meeting next week, and it uncanny how I am feeling God’s favor on me, and I am v…

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Alex Miranda
Alex Miranda
2023年12月02日
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Yes! This is amazing. I love the fellowship idea. Thank you for sharing 🙏

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Edward J Shannon
Edward J Shannon
2023年12月02日

Yes, this was written for me! After the best year of business, 2022, I have had my worst year! I am architect and much of this can be blamed on the economy or people's perception of it. Mention the R-word (recession) and many of my client types put their projects on hold. Fortunately for me, my billings were very strong in the first half of 2023 - due to work I had signed in 2022. I am most grateful for that. This has been able to carry me, but I am seeing my business savings get depleted I have to tell myself it is the Lord's money, and this is what savings are for! I am grateful to have…

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Alex Miranda
Alex Miranda
2023年12月02日
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Amen, Ed! Thank you for sharing. Continuing to keep you in my prayers as I have since we connected on the academy 🙏

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