I’ve been married since 2011 to my beautiful wife, Stephanie. The courting, dating and engagement season of our life was awesome, full of excitement and anticipation for the day we would be married.
My plans for marriage were that we would immediately begin to conquer the world together. I had plans for us to be a “power couple”, on fire for God, plowing through the stages of early marriage and reaching levels of love that take other couples decades to achieve. I was ambitious, to say the least.
Needless to say, you know where I’m going with this story. If you’ve been married for 1 day, you probably had a good laugh reading the last paragraph 🙂
Ok, I admit that I had NO CLUE what I was getting into. The only thing I knew is that God had amazing plans for us, but I wasn’t anticipating for what God had in store for the beginning of our marriage.
Most of us want to rush into things, conquer like a warrior, and ask questions later.
We entrepreneurs, especially, want to skip over the “lessons” of life because…well…we have to make money don’t we?!? If not, it’s back to a 9-5 job.
But God is never in a hurry; He knows that beyond us DOING something, we must BE something for Him – so He takes time out to conquer us (from the inside out) spiritually before we can conquer our business goals under His guidance.
In Joshua 4:1-9, under the guidance of God and the leadership of Joshua, Israel was now on the other side of the Jordan – in the Promised Land. But what is life in the Promised Land like? Is it one glorious vacation time after another? No; for Israel it was a place of battle, but most of all, it was a place of trust – they knew they had to trust God with every thing they had, because the challenges only got bigger in the Promised Land – but so did the blessings.
When Stephanie and I got married, it was amazing to see what God did in both of our lives to bring us to that day. Much like the miracle of the Jordan drying up for crossing….me….Alex Miranda….getting married…that was a miracle considering the life of 10 years of nightclub promoting I did in Miami. I really did naively think that life was going to be peaches and cream getting married.
But what I’ve come to realize is that my marriage, the battles I’ve faced being married, are all making me HOLY because God is DOING something in both of us…cleansing us spiritually so that, one day, my dream of this “power couple” can come to life.
Your business and it’s growth into new products and new markets isn’t an exception to God’s way of making us “holy” and “consecrated” for His work. Think about this: if God has big plans for you to conquer and grow your business in amazing ways, why would He do that without making you an amazing leader first? You don’t grow big AND THEN become a great leader and entrepreneur. No, first God wants to set you apart, work on you, make you amazing, then go with you battle by battle.
The Conquest of Canaan by Joshua took 6 years from B.C. 1487 to 1493. If we Godpreneurs are just entering new markets of growth, expect for God to be working on you for a bit.
For how long?
That’s what God is asking you….how long will it take you to become everything God wants you to be?
It’s up to us.