I have seen a lot of articles that list scripts for Christian business owners, but rarely do they have practical wisdom that goes with them. Yes, scripture can speak for itself, but when we are struggling Bible versions seem to get glossed over by our stressed out mind.
I want to share with you seven Bible versions with seven thoughts and seven insights. I know when I am going through a tough time, it helps me to 'hear' from someone who understands what I am going through. It makes the Bible come to life when someone shares it from a perspective of a Christian entrepreneur.
Worries are like butterflies, they need to be released.
It is easy to worry. There are so many things to think about it can be overwhelming. Take heart … and mind. When we look at the way we try to handle our problems, we often leave God out of the solution. He cares about all the things you go through and is there to help when we ask Him. We must learn to release our worries to God so that He can work wondrous things for us.
Philippians 4: 6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds. In Christ Jesus. "
Humility lets us bring others into our struggles.
Sometimes when we get cooked up in tough times we try to take on everything ourselves. We must learn to delegate and let others help us. We must bring others in to pray for us and with us. We are leaders in our business, but more than that, we are part of a faith community. God wants us to help us with our anxieties and He may have placed people in your life to do just that. We must remember that God cares for us.
1 Peter 5: 6-7 "Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
Our reaction to our struggles defines our success.
We do not like to go through hard times, but when we do our reaction to those tough times we can make or break us. When we redefine our struggles in light of what God is doing and has done in our lives, we find God's power working even in the tough times.
James 1: 2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not Lacking anything. "
Perspectives help us define our problems.
When we go through tough times, we get thought up about all the bad things that could happen. I have an elderly lady at my church tell me, "Quit sowing worries." If you look at your troubles in light of all the things that others are going through, your problems may seem a lot less. Across the world people are starving, being beheaded for their faith and their homes are being destroyed by bombs. How does your problem look compared to those?
Psalm 46: 1-3 – "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Thereafter we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and Mountains quake and with their surging. "
We can praise God even when times are tough.
David went through some horrible trials. His boss tried to kill him. His best friends betrayed him. His kids killed each other. Yet, through all of these things, he always took time to worship. He looked to God in the good and the bad. There are so many Psalms that start out talking about how bad things are only to end by focusing his attention back to praising God for all he has.
Psalm 37: 3-6 "Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. And he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. "
Action trumps worry nearly every time.
Worrying is what happens when we are not taking action. Christian business owners are people of action. Instead of worrying about the things you can not change, take action on the things you can. Action will lead to better results than thinking and worrying about your struggles. Take time to write out your problems, get them out of your head and plan a strategy to take care of business.
Matthew 6: 25-27 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than Clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than who? Who of you by worries can add a single hour to His life? "
You have a purpose
If there is one thing you will see over and over again on this webpage, it is the fact that you have a purpose. You are a Christian. You were created to be an entrepreneur. God placed a desire in your life to help other and you are a Christian business owner who can make a difference in the world. Go and do what God has called you to do.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."