Faith and the Christian Entrepreneur
If your goal is to be a Christian entrepreneur, then you’re going to have to live a life of faith to go with it.
Because you don’t see an immediate return on most of the actions you take.
It’s not an easy trade of time for dollars. If you’re working a job and you work for 40 hours, then you’re paid for 40 hours (at least areas of the world you are).
As an entrepreneur you could work 60 hours next week and not see a single penny back immediately.
You may see a return 2 weeks later…or a year down the road…or not at all.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Your paycheck may not be seen for quite a while!
And many people give up before they get their return.
You’re investing in the future. You’re building something that can’t fully see yet.
In fact I always tell people to think about the lifestyle they want to design from day one. What is it you’re building? What will your business look like when it’s fully grown?
Some are after a small business that maybe is part-time for the owner with a few outsourced workers. Others have a goal of a large company, full staffing, and busy office. That’s their goal.
What’s your goal? There’s no right or wrong answer because no one else knows what God has put in your heart.
Keep that vision and that goal in your mind. Write it down on paper. And keep moving towards it on step at a time.
You will have trials and tribulations before you get to the goal.
You will have opportunities to give up and quit.
The question is how you react to them.
I often joke that when I first came online, I systematically discovered everything that didn’t work first.
Eventually by testing enough different ways to build an online business, I stumbled upon what worked for me.
You don’t have to go through that much, but you will have failures. You will have projects that just seem to go in circles. And you will have websites that simply don’t work because they didn’t fit what the prospects were willing to spend their money on.
Are you willing and able to overcome these problems?
Let’s say you put together your first web project. You come up with a unique idea for a product. You do the work to put it together. You get a nice website designed for it. You buy an ad and send traffic there.
Nothing happens. All you here is silence.
How do you respond?
After you go beat your head against the wall for a few minutes, you then pray.
And you try something else. Maybe you modify the web page. You try a different ad. You get some feedback from others.
But you do what it takes to get the project to work. And even through all of that you’re still going to have some projects that aren’t big winners. They just kind of limp along and do OK.
Do you have faith enough in God’s plan for you to TRY AGAIN?
Are you willing to keep going even when things don’t look like they’re working.
Some scriptures are hard to swallow. How about this one?
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
James 1:2-3, NKJV
Count it joy when you face trials! It’s a whole lot easier to count it joy when everything is working well.
But you end up learning more when you have to overcome some difficulties…when things don’t go as planned…and it’s more difficult than you expected it to be.
I think that’s a general rule for most people who start their first business. They didn’t expect it to be this difficult.
All they heard was everyone talking about how easy it was. The reality is it’s easier to just let the general negative current of the world float you down river. It’s easier to just coast.
Working against the current is hard. You find out if you have faith in God’s plan for you when the going gets tough.
And if you’re going to be a Christian entrepreneur, you’re going to have to learn how to overcome challenges. That’s what you do as an entrepeneur.
You help others overcome problems. And you will experience many problems of your own along the way.
But you can and will overcome them…