It is really hard to remember that we are not just living our own story. It’s not about us. We are all part of a much bigger story – God’s story. It is difficult to wrap our head around the fact that He is the Creator of the Universe and we are all here for the chief purpose of glorifying Him and enjoying Him forever.
Face it…it’s not about you…it’s not about me.
God has His own purposes for each of us. If you are a Christian in business, it probably isn’t by chance. It is because God has purposed you there. I have my own business too, and I know I am in this business because it was part of God’s plan.
What about you? Did you follow a God-vision for your business?
Business is tough though. There are days when you may wonder, “Was this really God’s plan, or did I mess up again, take control, and get myself into a tangled web?”
Sales aren’t growing like you anticipated.
Staff members are always complaining and not getting things done.
Overhead is higher every year, whether sales grow or not.
Everyone wants something from you.
We have all been here. Even if it is a God-vision.
I hope you are catching this.
Even if it is a God-vision, that doesn’t guarantee that everything works out like the perfectly rolled-out red carpet of success. God never promises us this. He does promise us:
He is in control.
He is there to walk beside us, or even carry us.
We have opportunities to glorify Him, even in our work.
We have opportunities to love people, even in our work.
We can build a successful business on a foundation of our Christian values.
But sometimes we have to remind ourselves what success is. God’s definition is usually different than the world’s definition. He will use all things in our life to refine us. To refine us to His image.
His goal for our success is not our happiness, it is more likely our holiness. He is working in all areas of our life for us to know Him, love Him, and follow Him. He is seeking to make us more holy.
It is funny, because with God, all things come to the same eternal conclusion…with God’s quest for our holiness, we too finally find happiness. Yet our happiness is in Him, not our business.
Be encouraged, if God is for us, who can be against us?