Having a logo & website company since 2005, I’ve had my share of projects that have gone way passed the estimated date of completion. Projects that were supposed to take 3 months have dragged on for over a year.
I used to let that frustrate me. At some point, my mind would give up on the client. Not only was the project late, but now I’m having to deal with clients that become indecisive, impatient, rude, and sometimes confrontational. I’ve had them even demanding money back.
But over the last 2 years, I’ve grown tremendously in my relationship with Christ and it has revealed to me a new mindset that has helped me through trials in my business.
The main thing I learned is that each new client relationship I made, the more challenging ones especially, help me develop all new levels of faith and patience. This mindset is what allows to grow and tweak my system and process so the next project doesn’t repeat the same pattern.
We all experience trials in our businesses. The most challenging ones can build us or break us. We just need to take on a new mindset to avoid it shutting us down.
The bile says is James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
God seeks to bring us Godpreneurs to maturity by building patience into our business lives. If there is one thing I have learned in owning a business as a Christian, it is that God is not in as much of a hurry of growing my clients and services as I am!
Patience for entrepreneurs is the long-lasting quality of your faith that God will come through with the visions He put in your heart. If you let go of your patience, your faith falls to the floor and the vision goes down with it.
The end result God is looking to do through your business trials is for you to be perfected and completed, lacking nothing. The word perfect here means a mature entrepreneur. God is developing maturity in us by working on our patience.
Eventually, my client’s brands get built, but I didn’t build the brands. The brands build me.
Going through those bad projects, facing those difficulties, having our faith tested, having to trust God when it seems like there is a lack of finances, having to hold onto God’s Word when we get insulted by our clients, all of that builds character in us as we stand the test.
What’s been building you lately? Rejoice, because God is working maturity in you and your business!