All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
-Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)
You have been pouring your heart into this latest venture. You can see the vision that you have for the future as clear as day. It is in view. Yet, as you continue to toil away by the sweat of your brow, you start to stress. You feel yourself losing your nerve. You begine to agonize over the potential pitfalls and staggering stumbling blocks that could emerge as you chase your dream.
That’s common. You are just like many other entrepreneurs who fail to walk down beaten path. Yes, it is common, but it far from healthy.
The Bible says that all hard work leads to a profit. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), that’s not necessarily so. The births and deaths of business are measured in what is called “business churn.” Business churn amounts to combination of business births and deaths during a specified period, whether a quarter or a year, providing an indicator for the overall scope of business. During this first quarter of 2012, things appear to be churning upward. However, that means some businesses did still die during this period. They closed shop and called it quits, never to arise from the ashes of defeat again (at least not under that company name).
So, what does that mean for Christians in business or seeking to jump into business?
It means that there is a slight and gradual recovery from the recession. It means that the landscape is still full of uncertainty. It means that, as Christians, we still have to have faith, even to go into business in this day and age.
Keep your faith. Maintain your focus on what you can do. Keep costs and expenditures, especially debt, low. Seek to grow your business step by step, taking it slow if you have to in order to keep things balanced. Stay close to the Lord throughout the venture. Don’t wait until you have a pending bankruptcy to call on the Lord. Start praying as you start planning.
After all, the profit that the Bible speaks of may not be limited to monetary riches and social prestige. The type of profit spoken of by the Bible extends far beyond money. You can be a success at making a difference in the community and in the lives of the people who benefit from your business, customers, employees, suppliers, partners and more.
Success is just within your grasp. Go on and keep going for it.