When my business is doing great, I’m like ‘Yes God, you are amazing! Thank you! You’re rewarding me and pouring your blessings!’
When my business is down, I’m like ‘What did I do God? I’ll never do that thing again, I promise! Please stop punishing me!…’
I tend to see God the same way my parents raised me; Good gets rewarded and bad gets the belt. What does around, comes around.
I know I’m not alone. I think we all think this in business. A downturn in the financials have us thinking where we went wrong. A customer service complaint has us dwelling on the past mistakes we might have made.
The problem with what-goes-around-comes-back-around thinking is that it constantly has us walking on eggshells. Analyzing past actions to course-correct in the future is amazing, but analyzing the past to beat yourself up is exactly what the enemy came to do. To live in guilt will destroy the visions God gave us and put up walls of fear that will keep us from living the ‘risk it all’ lifestyle that an entrepreneur must endure.
God gave us Paul in the book of Acts as an example of a man that knows his past but only focuses on his future. He’s not walking around shamed by the things of his past, but instead focused on the hope of the visions come to life of his future.
In Acts 27 and 28, we see Paul get caught in a huge rainstorm on his way to Rome. There were 276 men on board this ship and Paul somehow finds a way to make this an opportunity to show everyone who God is.
All men on board were prisoners and the guards in charge of them. All of them should have died, but Paul had a vision he shared, so their lives were spared. Everyone at home hearing about a shipwreck would have been like ‘they deserved to die for their actions that got them to jail’ but what goes around didn’t come around. God was good.
While shipwrecked on an island, they were building a fire and a venomous snake bit Paul. The natives on the island immediately said ‘this guy must be a murderer, he’ll be dead in minutes for the crimes he committed’. But Paul shook the snake off and was never ill. In fact, with that same hand, he healed the father of the chief of the island.
You see, the world has us thinking that what goes around comes around. But this simply isn’t true…not under God’s economy…not under God’s business plans.
Instead, if you stay focused on your gifts and talents, and keep believing you are on a mission for Christ, then you will be able to shake off the seemingly life-threatening setbacks that befuddle us and chain us to a guilt that we were already forgiven of.
Godpreneur Rule #60: Godpreneurs learn from their mistakes, but don’t live in their mistakes.