Why Entrepreneurship and Faith Mix

Anyone venturing into the world of Entrepreneurship knows that it is no easy task. If you are fortunate enough to have a team helping you build your business, what a blessing, but most entrepreneurs begin with just you, passion, enthusiasm (at the beginning mainly) and a whole lot of uncertainty.

So What role can faith play in entrepreneurship? How does faith help entrepreneurs guide their ventures, their decisions, and their teams?

Sometimes in business, there is no choice but to Keep your head down and work hard without having complete confidence of the end outcome. This is what makes it exciting. Exciting maybe, but what keeps the entrepreneur sane in this insane environment? Their faith.

Entrepreneurship is not possible without faith. But for a Christian, it isn’t faith in their idea or even their ability, but in Christ that lives in them. It’s in the God that fearfully and wonderfully made them and their ideas. Everything finds its meaning in God, even your business. Having a solid rock in an industry that can be uncertain is essential.

Entrepreneurship is as much a process as it is a set of traits. However, certain traits are essential to success and play an important role in how the entrepreneurial process unfolds. These traits – faith, perseverance, sacrifice, and service–are integral characteristics of the Christian as well.  God admires them and encourages us to admire them too.

A major note, as a Christian you cannot forsake time spent with God with time spent on the business. Sacrificing that can push you back and not further to where you want to be or where God intended you to be. We are God’s hands. God uses us to carry out the things we want to see on this Earth . . . It’s up to us!!

In conclusion Faith and entrepreneurship can and must mix, as you cannot be successful without this core foundation.

 

Holding onto Hope in a World of Fear

 

In this day and age with fear all around, how do we as believers hold onto hope?  Put simply, we need to trust God’s love for us and have faith in the many promises He’s made in His word that cover any situation we face.

For example, Psalm 91 tells of his protection and his provision is seen in Luke 15:31 where God as Father says, ‘Son you are always with me and everything I have is yours’.  Wow, think about that, everything the Father has He’s made available to us His children, and God lacks nothing.  Jesus said ask anything in my name and it will be done.  That’s because He knew we’re drawing from what the Father has already given us.

Jesus has also given us the authority to use his powerful name to speak to our mountains and overcome situations.

These are all great promises to put your hope and trust in.  However, to trust someone and put your hope in them, you need to know them.  Spend time with God in prayer and in the word and get to know and trust him.  God is love and 1 Corinthians 13:14-18 shows his character.  God is patient, God is kind, he keeps no record of wrongs, always hopes and perseveres, God never fails.

Finally, remember all that He’s already done for you, praise Him for it, keep it in your heart and faith, trust and hope will rise.

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In our hectic and crazy world, David discovered something we desperately need, a calm and quieted soul. Is that possible in our fast and furious world? Can we be calm and peaceful and at rest on the inside even when all around us is chaos and noise? In Psalm 131:2 David said, “I calmed and quieted my soul”. David lived under never ending stress, pressure and responsibility. Sound familiar? One of his secrets to calming his soul is worship (true worship with heart and soul). Remember, worship reminds us of who God is and who we are. It brings everything back into perspective just by being WITH HIM!

Of course, we all have a God given need for purpose and significance. Do you want to live an effective, purposeful life and yet maintain a peaceful soul? Because your soul finds fulfillment, health and life when you live beyond yourself. So how can we do this? First, turn over control of your ways to God the Father. That takes complete surrender!

Sound scary? Surrender is not sacrifice; it is actually the safest place to live, because when God is leading you then all the pressure is on Him. In verse 2, David is saying, I don’t occupy myself with things too great or marvelous for me. In other words, he is saying there is a lot I don’t know! I don’t have all the answers, I don’t have all the facts and I don’t understand everything and I am okay with that! Proverbs 3:5 – 8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart (fully surrendered to His will) and lean not on your own understanding and He will direct your path.

A truly effective life begins with an effective soul that functions and finds its value – not in external accomplishments but in its relationship with God.

A calm and quiet soul is a result of understanding that our relationship with God is not based on WORK but BIRTH!! Through the new birth God gave us a new identity and an invitation to belong to a new family. Actually, it is a spiritual translation from living a life focused on self to living a life focused on God. We are now part of His family! The church is not a building, a religion or organization or a place to find free childcare on a Sunday morning.

It is a family! A home for hurting humanity, where everyone is welcome, where we serve each other, love each other, laugh and cry with each other and do life together. The church is a safe place where we can be ourselves (even with our faults) and find healing, reconciliation, love and forgiveness.

Get Fit for Forever

Improving your fitness does not mean you have to join a gym. Getting fit involves making changes to your lifestyle that increase your daily activity levels and calorie expenditure. This can be achieved through activities such as walking, cycling, active play with friends/loved ones/pets, dancing, fitness classes, gardening, housework or playing sports. However, our inspiration to engage in a fitness kick is often motivated by short term goals such as; to get in shape for a holiday, look good for a special occasion, prepare for a charitable race, or just to feel better about our bodies when we’ve not got our baggy winter s clothes to hide behind. However, our biggest mistake as to why we don’t sustain our good fitness habit’s after this event is that we can’t see beyond our short-term goal. There are several simple rules to follow if we wish to start and sustain a long-term fitness/physical activity regime.

  • Engage in a physical activity that you enjoy. It sounds silly but sometimes people start exercise that they don’t like and then wonder why a few weeks/months down the road they’ve given up because they ‘don’t like exercise’, or it feels like an unenjoyable chore. To prevent this, choose a form of exercise that you enjoy or you’ve had previous positive experiences. It’s simply easier to commit to a long-term exercise regime when you enjoy what you’re doing.
  • Allocate a realistic time commitment. The National recommendation for health improvement is to achieve 150 minutes of exercise/physical activity per week. This can be broken down into attainable exercise sessions eg: 5 x 30 minutes a day, 2 x 1hr -15 min sessions, 3 x 50 minute sessions. Therefore, when scheduling your exercise, make sure your commitment is realistic otherwise you are setting yourself up to fail and this will lead to a loss of motivation.
  • Find something that’s local and can be easily fit into your lifestyle. If you prefer to exercise in a class, or with a group, choose on activity that can be easily accessed on route to or from work or can be fit into your daily regime without too much inconvenience. This becomes more manageable in creating positive behavioural change patterns and reduces the risk of creating excuses not to go.
  • Have realistic fitness or weight loss goals. Don’t aim too big too quickly! If weight loss is your goal, don’t aim for more than 1lb a week. This is the equivalent to 3500 calories; That’s a lot of exercise! (about 7 x 1hr sessions if you’re not managing your food intake). Improving your fitness takes time but within just a few weeks you will start to look and feel better, and thou your weight may not change immediately or as fast as you’d like, your shape will which means your loosing body fat.
  • Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week! This can have a negative effect on your perception of the effectiveness of exercise, which can cause you to lose motivation. Instead, try to use your clothes as a gauge to changes in your body shape, and when you do weigh yourself be consistent with the time, day and using the same scales.
  • Make it a social engagement. When you engage in an exercise program with friends, and sustain this consistently for a minimum of 12 weeks you are more likely to create long term behaviour change. This is due to our perception of the social as well as physical benefits that we receive, which improves overall well-being. So what are you waiting for? Grab a buddy and start exercising and you can discover a love for exercise together.

Why Prayer Should be Your Number One New Year’s Resolution

Prayer is our relationship with God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we can come to God at any moment, all we have to do is believe that we can, or in other words, have faith that we can. In Hebrews 11 it says, ‘…faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’ It also says in Romans 10:17 that, ‘…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.’ Additionally, in Hebrews 11:6 it says that without faith it is impossible to please God, because to please God you must have faith that He exists to begin with!

In prayer we can come to God from any place if we have faith, because it was ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8) In Psalms many people prayed through sorrow, doubt and fear. The most important thing about these prayers is that they always arrived at a place of truth in the end, for example, their hope in their salvation or trust in God’s unfailing love.

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39) Knowing the character of God, and that He love’s us unconditionally is incredibly important when we come to God in prayer. In Romans 10:14-21 it asks how can a person believe in God if they know nothing about Him?

Not even sin, however terrible, can separate us from God because the price was paid on the cross. Jesus said in Luke chapter 7:36-50 The one who has been forgiven much also loves much, like one who has been freed from many debts. So, you can enjoy being forgiven from so much!

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.’ (Philippians 4:4-5) Yes, the Lord is near, and will never leave you. In fact, it says in the bible many times that God wants to know you, personally. It also says in Hebrews 11:6 that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

This coming year I would encourage you to focus on the words of Paul, ‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’