A little over 30 days into a new year and the young entrepreneur feels overwhelmed. She’s cleared the minor commitments of the previous year from her to-do list and is ready to tackle the major engagement of the current year.
Her schedule is busy, her business is profitable, her pipeline is full of potential contracts, and she’s engaged in some new business conversations. By all outward signs she is richly blessed; inwardly she knows her conversations and actions are showing signs of the stress she is experiencing.
When she’s asked how she’s doing, her response is positive: “I’m managing my blessings, so they don't become a burden.”
Is she simply putting on a facade of contentment, or does she know something you don’t?
When you’re asked, “How’s business?” how do you respond?
By now, you know that being busy is not a measure of profitability or success.
Do you embrace the challenge of keeping up, or is it more enticing to give up? Are you managing your blessings, or are they burdens that are causing your soul to despair?
The young entrepreneur knows something we lose sight of during times of managing blessings and shouldering burdens. She knows the condition of her heart and the state of her business.
Proverbs 27:23 reminds her: “Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.”
Her secret is in what she’s learned:
Managing your blessings requires that you take stock of what you have.
Being content with what you have requires that you manage what you are given.
Everything you have and experience is a blessing; if you're not content it's your attitude and perspective that make it a burden.
The Right Path to Follow
An unmanaged life leads to discontentment, and unmanaged burdens lead to weariness and discouragement. Are you willing to allow the activities in your life to lead you along that path?
Reframe your perspective: What if everything in your business is designed for God to be able to accomplish the good works that he planned for you, through you?
What if you begin your day with this prayer from Ephesians 2: “Father, I know you have created me new in Christ Jesus for good works that you planned for me long ago. Show me the good works you want me to work on today, and help me manage the positive and the negative as blessings for your glory.”
You may think your calling to a career or leadership role is so you can do great things for God; but, God only calls us to believe, obey, follow, and trust – allowing him to do great things through us.
The reason you’re not content is that you’re seeking satisfaction from the wrong things and you’re pursuing activities that don’t align with the good works God has in mind for you.
You will be content when you trust God to accomplish the good works he has planned for you with the unique gifts, talents, and business he gave you.
Contrary to culture, the core tenet of entrepreneurship and worship for the believer is Christ first, not business first. Your heart will be lighter when you trade the heaviness of burdens for the perspective of blessings.
Posted on Sat, February 4, 2017
by Brian Sooy filed under