I had a branding agency for 11 years. It was my first real business. At one point we were a team of 16 and business was great!
But there were many times where something happened and the business was on the verge of shutting down. For years, I was barely getting by and I couldn’t figure out why. I tried reading books, going to classes, getting involved in masterminds, yet nothing significantly changed.
Then one day, I felt God saying I needed to shut down a certain department in my company. I had already been wanting to do it, but now is was confirmed.
Business BOOMED a couple of months after that. It was incredible what shutting one door does for another the God opens.
A few years after that, it happened again. I felt the need to shut the business down completely because God had something bigger and better for me.
And He did. That’s why I’m where I’m at today. Had I kept it going, I wouldn’t have had the time or capacity to enter into the new amazing things God had in store for me.
We entrepreneurs tend to hold on to things. We have the pride of ownership. We feel like failures if we shut down. We have a tough time letting go of something we birthed. We think the world will see us as someone who shifts from business to business, unstable and unsure of ourselves.
But that’s not the way God sees it.
Some of you are at a point tight now where the business isn’t going great and you’re deciding if this is the point where God is saying FIGHT IT and keep this thing open or CLOSE IT because I have something better for you.
Others of you have experienced the closing already, and you’re waiting on God to tell you what’s next.
And there’s a 3rd group. You’re doing well, but there’s a nudge you have that the time is coming for a major shift in the business and it’s time to close down a department to open up opportunities.
But how do we know when it’s the right time? How can we make the decision?
The Bible says,
"Write this to Philadelphia, to the Angel of the church. The Holy, the True—David’s key in his hand, opening doors no one can lock, locking doors no one can open—speaks:" Revelation 3:7 MSG
God is in the business of opening and closing opportunities. Not for us. But for His ultimate plans that were not always made aware of.
Here is a test I use to determine a decision like this
Does it honor God?
Am I still passionate about the old thing?
Am I becoming passionate about something new?
Does this fit who I’m becoming, who God wants me to be?
You can always trust that God will never leave you, and that any decision you make He will always catch you, even if it’s the wrong one.
To avoid making the wrong decisions, we can pray and fast before making it.
The important thing is we must recognize that God is in full control of our businesses. If we walk into His office and he gives the orders to shut something down, we must have faith that He has something much bigger planned, and that we are equipped to handle it.
Godpreneur Rule #78: Godpreneurs see shut doors as wide-open opportunities for new devine appointments.
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