Christian business owners: your time starts now
I don’t think I am going to sound like I am spiritually enlightened when I tell you that we are living in exceptionally turbulent times. You only need to read or listen to the daily news to see the state the world we live in finds itself in.
And even for those of us fortunate enough to live in countries far away from the many crisis’ we read about, there is still a disturbingly large amount of negative news in our own backyards. From the debts our governments are in, to the lack of stability in the job market, and to the pressure our small businesses find themselves under, it is easy to see that this is a time when people shrink back.
Fear of the future – both short tem and long term – becomes real, and rather than stepping into what God has called each of us to do, it is easy to become intimidated and, in the process, we do nothing.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
But as a business owner myself, I want to encourage you that, like in difficult times in previous years, such as the GFC, sometimes the greatest opportunities lie in markets like the ones we are seeing now. The changes the Internet is bringing is certainly killing off some industries, but it is likewise presenting massive opportunities. There are in fact new business opportunities everywhere.
So rather than shrink back, I want to encourage you to really step up your prayer life at this time, to seek God, and to hear from Him on what opportunities may present themselves for you.
If we spend our day just listening and watching the news, we will be inclined to go and hide under a rock. The last thing we would want to do is step out. But if we listen to God, hear His voice, and listen to what He is saying, our best days will easily be ahead.