Perhaps like you, I usually learn more from my mistakes than my successes…and trust me, I have made countless business mistakes.
Yet through my stumbles and falls, I have learned many valuable lessons along the way.
Here are 10 simple yet important keys I’ve learned on how to grow a faith-based business.
10 Keys to Grow a Faith-Based Business
1. It’s not your business – it’s God’s business. (Psalm 24:1) He can do whatever he wants with it. Giving up this kind of control seems ridiculous to our non-Christian friends, and even scary to many who are. Yet by totally dedicating and giving your business to God, He can then begin His work in and through you – the work you were eternally destined to do.
2. Getting rich is not the goal – bringing glory to God is. (Psalm 34:3) Gods want us to earn a profit – even demands it (Matthew 25:14-30), but not at the loss of all else (family, relationships, brand image, customer loyalty, etc).
3. The business is not your #1 priority – your relationship with God is. (Leviticus 26:1) Since we entrepreneurs are wired to create, produce, market, sell, and be the first-in/last-out, it is easy for us to allow the business to dominate our lives, even at the expense of our time with our Creator.
4. Build your business mission to align with your personal mission. (Jeremiah 1:5) God wired you to be you. So when you align your unique talents, gifts, skills, interests, and passion into your business mission, you are walking closer to a fully integrated and rewarding life, both for your business and your family.
5. Take your hands off the wheel. (Proverbs 20:24) Allowing Jesus to take the wheel is a both joy and a relief. This is where your leap of faith takes wings, to allow Him to steer your business wherever He likes. It does not mean you do nothing and wait for Him, but rather you do everything you sense He wants you to do with excellence (see #10).
6. God’s timing in indeed always right – always best. (Isaiah 55:8-9) So many times I have pushed and prodded to get everything done on MY schedule and in MY time. If you are following #5, then it is easier to rest in His timing rather than yours.
7. God’s idea of “success” may not be yours. (Joshua 1:8) God is all about you being a success. But His concept of success (principles, purpose and people, bringing glory to Him) is in direct opposition to the general marketplace (profit, prestige, power, and bringing glory to yourself). Don’t confuse the two.
8. God can turn your mistakes into triumphs. (2 Samuel 12:24) I am so thankful for this. So fret not if you try something in good faith toward fulfilling your mission and it fails. (Philippians 4:6-7). Learn from it and keep moving.
9. He’s always there ready to listen and respond. (Psalm 46:10) If you are unsure of the next step, task, decision, then (a) study His word, (b) seek Godly council of others, and (c) pray (#BeLed). He’ll tell you what next to do.
10. Give it all you’ve got, and leave the results to God. (Joshua 14:14) This is one of the main themes from the wonderful football movie, “Facing the Giants.” Just like Coach Taylor tells his team, when you give it your best (and follow the other 9 lessons), then God will grant the results He deems appropriate, which are often far more than you imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)
This list is certainly NOT an exhaustive list of even all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
Would you be willing to share one or two key lessons you’ve learned? This string will help thousands around the world who read my blog.
Thank you for sharing your keys.