When I started my first business in 2005, I was excited to get my Entrepreneurial career off the ground finally. My spirits were high, ambition at full throttle, and dreams of grandeur in my mind.
Then, business life happens. Problems arise. Things don't go as planned. Partnerships dissolve. Clients turn into enemies. Employees jump ship. Credit cards go unpaid. The IRS comes knocking for past due bills.
And thus began my accumulation of regrets mixed with the discontentment of not being where I had expected to be...ten years later.
And even when I started drawing closer to God as a source of hope in my business life, I still couldn't shake off the depression from lack of achievements and the stress of not knowing what formula would fix everything. I knew that living a life of purpose and operating from my calling were keys to successfully doing business God's way, but I still stayed up at night staring at the ceiling, wondering, "God, when will it be my time to be happy."
I was stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle of entrepreneurial discontentment.
Sadly, many of us Christian entrepreneurs spend our time either trapped in the regret-filled past or anxious about a future we cannot hope to control. Yet, at the same time, we also cling to the hope that we can somehow improve our businesses, become purpose-focused and operate from our calling, even though we have no clear idea of how to do so.
Enter the power of Entrepreneurship in the Spirit; it is a mindset for navigating the complex terrain of our inner lives and our relationships to the past, present, and future.
The heart of doing business in the Spirit emphasizes operating in the present moment to avoid most of the pain we usually experience in entrepreneurship. To this end, the methodology focuses on the connection between the mind and suffering, shedding light on the numerous destructive ways our sinful nature uses our minds – for example, to trap us in cycles of suffering and stop us from the present joy God desires us to experience.
The Bible says
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:6 NLT)
The Power of Entrepreneurship in the Spirit helps us improve our business lives, including our relationships with partners, employees, and clients, and, crucially, increase our sense of self-esteem and fully engage with our Godpreneurial journey.
If we could all operate from the spirit for more hours of the day than not, we would see a significant shift in marketplaces globally. Heaven would become, more than ever, a place on earth.