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The Entrepreneurship Journey requires Faith! I’d love to tell you that of you stay in Faith, if you believe, God will always answer your prayer within 24 hours. There are some things in life that you cannot fully understand until you experience them, and I would say the Entrepreneurship Journey. I knew it would be difficult, but I underestimated the difficulty and the depth of which the experience would penetrate my whole self and the ripple effect it would have on all aspects of my life.
It’s been a journey of entrepreneurship that God has unexpectedly used to work out my faith in ways I could have never imagined and didn’t even know I needed. In 2014, God called me out of my comfort zone and into a journey of entrepreneurship. In His wisdom and grace, He opened my eyes to a problem, gifted me an idea, and aligned the burden on our hearts to pursue a dream that would somehow glorify Him!
TJInspires, was birthed in 2014. Prayer was the first order of business and we offered up our efforts and whatever the outcome of those efforts to God for His purpose and His glory.
I have known and sought God my entire life, but the roller coaster of extreme highs and extreme lows of entrepreneurship has rocked my faith and I found myself often lost in valleys of uncertainty, fear, doubt and confusion literally crying out to the Lord for help. I was confident that God burdened our heart to pursue this dream, so why was it so difficult for me?
Everyone called by God in the Bible was required to step out in faith and trust fully in the Lord. Consider Noah’s obedience in the face of extreme uncertainty, Abraham’s faithfulness to follow without knowing the way, David’s patience for the fulfillment of God’s promise of kingship, and so many others whose stories demonstrate the faith work that God accomplishes when we say yes to His calling.
“It’s been a journey of entrepreneurship that God has unexpectedly used to work out my faith in ways I could have never imagined and didn’t even know I needed.
Our Lord’s own brother James says:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
I consider the trials of entrepreneurship pure joy because they are testing my faith and by His grace I am persevering and growing more mature in my faith. I have learned to live in and accept a place of uncertainty and instability because in Jesus I choose to place my certainty and stability.
I have learned to take risks and the Lord is using those risks to teach me what it means to truly trust in His provision.
I have learned to stop striving and believing that through MY efforts alone I can control our success or failure.
I have learned to seek His will, dig well the ditches He is asking me to dig, and trust that He will bring the rain. My journey is not yet complete. Whether God’s plan is that we achieve worldly success or experience worldly failure is still yet to be realized. But, whatever the outcome, I stand firmly in my faith and declare that it is well with my soul – and looking ahead from this new vantage point is worth every valley I’ve crossed along the way.
Choose to keep believing and choose to accept his timing. Do not rush the process! Whether it’s twenty minutes or twenty years, knowing that what God promised He will bring to pass!