Updated: Dec 30, 2020
There are a few times in my life where a single sentence has changed me forever.
For example, in marriage, I read “Marriage isn’t meant to make you happy, it’s meant to make you holy.” Wow! This rocked my universe. I was looking at marriage the wrong way for 5 years. It’s no wonder we struggled!
Paralleling this with business, I now realize that business isn’t meant to make us happy, it’s meant to make us holy!
You see, it’s through the fighting of the battle that we grow closest to God to be at the center of everything, even my business. It’s through the storm that we recognize our need to stay under God’s shelter our entire lives.
I look at it this way: I have a huge calling over my life to help God in his mission to redeem the identity of entrepreneurs back to himself. I thought that since I was doing God’s work, this would be easy. NO WAY! Since I have so much baggage and sin of my own, God continues to uses my business to refine me so I become a better soldier for his calling over my life.
Furthermore, the enemy wants you to NOT be in your calling. He doesn’t want you to succeed and will do everything to stop you at your tracks – in your business failings.
The key here is perspective. In marriage, I could see my problems and complain, or I can see my problems and change. So I can see my problems as God working to concentrate me (perfect me, cleanse me), or I can see my problems as an excuse to quit.
The enemy wants me to take the latter bait. No way, not today, not ever!
So how do I fight through the pain?
When I find myself struggling, wanting to quit, and at the end of the last dollar, I remember my purpose in business and that I always have the opportunity to overcome by resisting the enemy and continue pushing forward.