Fear? Finances? Time? What is it?
There are SO MANY things that are probably holding you back from starting your own business. I know there were for me. So many questions and phrases floated around in my mind…
- What if I fail?
- Do I have enough money?
- I’m too busy.
- What if no one wants to buy?
- Will this put my family at risk?
- How hard will this be?
The list is almost endless of the questions and phrases that are all driven by FEAR. In my opinion, fear kills more dreams than anything else. Fear held me back from starting a business for a couple years. It was ultimately a lack of trust in God.
Deep in my heart, I didn’t believe that no matter what I did in life the love, kindness, mercy, and grace of God would be there for me. He would be there for me. I would still be God’s son. I would still be alright. God would be no less sovereign. His love for me was and is not dependent on my actions.
It’s not been easy to start a business or multiple businesses. It’s been really hard, but it’s been worth it. I still have fear. I still doubt that God will keep providing for me. But I know he will. Deep deep down I know he will. My heart and mind can be clouded by doubts and fears, but deeper still is the Holy Spirit dwelling within me and giving me moment by moment grace to trust God.
I have fear right now. What if no one wants to sign-up for a membership to ThirdPath? What if no one thinks that I can help them start their business? What if I fail? What if… The thoughts and doubts come. The fear is there, but the trust is deeper still. I know that no matter what happens with ThirdPath or Spruce God will continue to love and provide for me and my family. He will still give us grace. We will still be his children. He will still be sovereignly working all things together for our good because he loves us and we are called according to his purposes. We may not always specifically know what those purposes are but fear not for he is guiding us in them.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
Christian, you are being used right now for God’s purposes. God is using you for his glory, your joy, and the good of others. If you want to start a business, he will help and guide you for his purposes. Your business may fail, but that doesn’t mean that God didn’t accomplish his purposes. Your identity is rooted in Jesus not in whether or not you have a successful business. You have the freedom to fail. No one else has that! We have the confidence to start businesses seeking to love others for the glory of God knowing that no matter what happens God will accomplish his purposes.
‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.’ (Romans 8:28 ESV)
Join me on the edge where trusting God isn’t an option. It’s a beautiful and scary place, but our Father is guiding and protecting us. Our fear is real, but it’s a choice. The fear is not coming from God. God desires for you to trust him in all things. God desires for you to live all of your life loving others to the praise of his name. Let’s learn together to trust him more and more.
I promise you that Jesus will be with you by his Holy Spirit dwelling within you every single step of your journey to start a business. Remember that whatever the risk, it’s worth it to pursue starting a business to love others for the glory of God. We were created to love God and love others. This is our calling! By God’s grace, together we can change the world. Business changes the world. I say we go all in to love others for the glory of God with our business ventures. We can be a movement of thousands of Christians starting businesses together all over the world to love millions of people all to the glory and praise of Jesus. Jesus is worthy of our startups and the world needs them!