I felt great joy when I finally paid off my personal and business credit cards. The joy wasn’t the act of paying it off, but instead, came from looking back at all God had done to get me to that point. The joy came after covenants, thanksgiving, commitments, and dedications I had made to the process of restoring my finances. What a feeling!
I felt the same joy as I completed the rebuilding of my branding agency. I now have a clear direction, I’m focused, the team is with me, and we’re all on the same page. Also, we’re profitable!! That’s a great feeling!
This is the joy we can all have and continue to carry on forever after restarting our businesses, God's way. It's not the end of problems; problems come with the entrepreneurial journey. However, restarting things because God says so is the beginning of joy in your business, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the do-over.
If God was able to restart your business once, he can do it again, and we need to remember that!
Nehemiah 12:43 says
"And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away."
God’s restoration of the ruined walls of the city, and God’s restoration of the hearts of his people, brought an indescribable joy. The people showed a renewed interest in the Word of God and his commands, and the desire to follow God’s Word. Their celebratory worship was truly a fellowship between God and man. It began with the prayer of one man, Nehemiah, and ended with the prayers of hundreds of families.
When you and your business have been restored to right standing with God and seek fellowship with him, everything changes and joy enters our personal lives and entrepreneurial careers. Such expression of wholeness can permeate through your entire organization and reach far into the future of your business ventures.
Attempting to start great businesses for God often starts with a small step of faith and the knowledge that God is with us, Godpreneurs, always. The text says God had given them great joy.
Do you feel the joy? You deserve it!
P.S. I did a Business bible study called 40 Days to Restarting Your Business, God's Way. Check it out:
A business Bible study to help you rethink, reinvent, and restart your business, but this time, God's Way!
We parallel Nehemiah's rebuilding of the wall to your journey in rebuilding your business.
Also, coaches and Christian business leaders, you can use, edit, and repurpose the teachings for your own tribe! Check it out.