OK, we’re going to have the money talk.
I want to make millions! Heck, why not go for a cool billion while I’m opening up to you.
I don’t know what I’d do with it all.
What I do know is that I wouldn’t have college loans looming over me. I wouldn’t have issues paying bills month to month. My credit cards would be paid off. I’d have money for retirement and my kid's college would be paid off.
What do all entrepreneurs have in common? One thing is the love of money and dependence on it. This vice affects the successful as well as the struggling business owner. Successful entrepreneurs are burdened by how to keep cash flow and profits and those barely scraping by in their ventures are haunted by how to get money from the next client. To both groups, money can be a curse that plagues them all their lives and affects the way they see things.
How do we balance our spiritual lives with the need for money to keep our businesses going? A rich business owner can be poor spiritually and a poor entrepreneur can be rich in his inner being. What drives you? I know very few wealthy business owners who are truly “rich” and yet I know many poor entrepreneurs who truly are independently wealthy in their soul.
Which would you rather be?
Better yet, what would God want us to be?
The Bible says:
"First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord ?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name". Proverbs 30:8-9 NLT
We live in a business world of contrasts. I have noticed that money can cause a sort of blindness that is difficult to overcome for any entrepreneur.
It makes us self-reliant and creates an illusion of being self-sustaining.
It makes me focus on myself rather than why I got in business: to help others.
I start serving the master of money instead of my boss: God
The more money I make, the harder it becomes to donate my 10% to the church
A wise Godpreneur knows that adequate funding does not make us successful any more than having eyes enables us to see. Blindness has many forms. How is your sight?
Godpreneur Rule: Don’t let your love of money blind you to what is truly important or valuable in your business. Money is only a tool to help more people—it doesn’t make you rich.